A mother and four of her children have been taken into custody for their alleged involvement in the lottery scam, following an operation at a house in Lilliput in the western parish of St. James on Friday.
The police report that over J$200 thousand in cash, cell phones and laptops were found at the house where the five were arrested. Several notebooks containing scripts allegedly used by the scammers to convince unsuspecting people to send money to Jamaica were also found.
Special Corporal Kevin Watson who was involved in Friday morning’s operation says the police made an interesting find.
“The police searched an old refrigerator in an unfinished area of the house and found several papers with personal identification information of persons living overseas and compact discs in a black plastic bag hidden in a section of the refrigerator,” he said.
Superintendent Leon Clunis , Head of Anti Lottery Scam Task Force says since January, thirty nine people have been arrested and charged under the new legislation targeting lottery scamming.
He says the police have observed that entire families are now getting involved in the scam.
“When you find one persons in the family involved, the other family members must be aware that this person is involved. Because we have a new legislation , it is much easier now ….that is why you find a lot of females arrested as well …” Clunis said.