Jamaica: Six arrested in clampdown on scammers



Six arrested in clampdown on scammers

7:33 am, Mon June 2, 2014

Six men were taken into custody and several thousand US dollars seized at Jamaica's two international airports between Thursday and Saturday as the police continue the clampdown on the lottery scam.

On Thursday three men were arrested after an American citizen who was reportedly transporting proceeds from the scam was held at the Norman Manley International Airport.

An operation was also carried out in Kingston and St. Catherine on Friday by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force, MOCA as well as the Flying Squad.

Three men were arrested in a subsequent sting operation in Trelawny.

Stiffer penalties needed

While there has been an increase in arrests and convictions, the Police High Command is advocating stiffer penalties for persons involved in the lottery scam.

The High Command says since the passage of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act last year, more than 500 persons have been arrested and charged. Several persons were convicted.

The High Command, which was reacting to criticisms of its crack down on scammers, pointed to persons arrested in the United States getting speedy trials and long prison sentences. It says the more stringent regime has a greater impact on those caught as well as would be offenders.