Saturday 21 September, 2019

'LOTTO SCAM COUPLE': Jamaican man sentenced to 41 months in prison, wife to know fate soon

The US Attorney's Office says 26-year-old Jeragh Powell admitted working with his wife and others to mail fake lottery prize notifications to people around the country. The mailing directed the victims to pay tens of thousands of US dollars in "fees and taxes" to receive prize money and cars.

Prosecutors say Powell and his wife received more than US$65,000 from the victims and forwarded a large portion to their associates in Jamaica, who communicated with the victims by phone.

Powell and his wife, Kimberly Powell of Schenectady, pleaded guilty to mail fraud in August. Kimberly Powell will be sentenced on February 23.

Jamaican lottery scammers have tarnished the island's reputation. The scam has targeted some 300,000 victims per year and some 200 deaths have been linked to the scam in Jamaica annually.

FEATURED PHOTO: Jeragh and Kimberly Powell mailed fake lottery prize notifications to elderly people

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