Friday 28 July, 2017

Another Jamaican imprisoned in the US for lotto scamming

Another Jamaican has been sentenced to prison time in the United States for involvement in lottery scamming.

Andrew Oneil Bowyer, 26, was sentenced to 78 months (six and a half years) in a court in Louisiana on Thursday.

Bowler had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The sentence was handed down by US District Judge Carl J Barbier, with the period of incarceration to be followed by three years of supervised release.

A hearing on restitution is also scheduled for October 5.

The court records pointed to Bowyer and others as having operated a scheme which scammed elderly Americans.

Under the sceme, the victims were contacted by phone and told to send funds to process and claim what turned out to be ficticious lottery winnings.