A resident of Palm Beach County in Florida has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in a Jamaica-based lottery scheme.
Julius Lorenzo George Jackson received his sentence on Tuesday during a hearing before U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch. He had previously pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
According to court documents, Jackson called several people and falsely informed them that they had won millions of dollars in the lottery. His victims were persuaded to pay fees in order to collect their purported winnings.
Jackson received money either directly into his bank account or through a wire transfer of funds.
Authorities said he kept a portion of the money and transferred the rest to a co-conspirator in Jamaica.