Friday 7 August, 2020

Suspected Nigerian scammers ordered deported from Jamaica

Two Nigerians who were arrested for alleged involvement in lotto scamming were slapped with $10,000 fines and order deported in the St James Parish Court this week.

The pair, 34-year-old Folashade Bakare and 32-year-old Yusuf Abiodun Bakare, both of Lagos in Nigeria, first appeared in court on Wednesday, July 29.

They were charged under the Immigration Act, as well as for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act.

The men pleaded guilty for overstaying their time in Jamaica, and were each fined $10,000.

On Thursday, July 30, the parish judge ruled that they should both be deported.

The foreigners, who were residing locally in Bogue Heights, St James, were arrested at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Wednesday, July 22. 

The two were reportedly collecting packages at the cargo section of the airport when the package was searched and customs officers discovered that they contained bank cards.

They reportedly could not satisfactorily account for the items, and the Lottery Scam Task Force was called in.

During the investigation that followed, identity information belonging to other persons were allegedly found, and the Nigerians were charged by the police.

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