Another Jamaican has been nabbed in the US as the authorities intensify their clampdown on persons involved in the Lottery Scam. Damion Aljunior Hill, 33, was arrested in Mississippi Monday for his role in the scam and is being held at the Harrison County Detention Centre.
Mr. Hill, who is in the US on a work visa, faces two counts of wire fraud. Investigators with the Consumer Protection Division in Mississippi's Attorney General's Office said two alleged victims were told that they had won the lottery, but were required to pay taxes before the award could be made. Money was then wired to Jamaica.
Monday’s arrest came two weeks after another Jamaican pleaded guilty in the US to a federal charge that he swindled at least US$35,000 from more than 50 people in the lottery scam. On June 4, 28-year-old O'Brian Junior Lynch pleaded guilty in Wisconsin to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Lynch, who will be sentenced in September, is facing five years in prison.