Lottery Scammers Sentenced to Fine and Confinement

On February 4, 2021 Darlton Flemming of Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment and to pay a fine of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00) for breaching the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions)(Special Provision) Act 2013. He was also fined Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000) or six months imprisonment for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act. His co-conspirator Kentroy McLaren of the same address was sentenced to three years imprisonment, suspended for two years with supervision and to pay a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000) or six months imprisonment.

These sentences were handed down in the St. James Parish Court following guilty pleas by both Flemming and McLaren to the offence of Possession of Identity Information. Flemming also pled guilty to Bribery.

On March 22, 2018 the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Jamaica Customs Agency’s Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) conducted a joint operation at the Donald Sangster International Airport (SIA), where both men were observed collecting packages from the FedEx Office. The men were accosted, and a search of packages revealed a bank card bearing the credentials of a female. The operation continued at the premises occupied by both Flemming and McLaren, where several phones and other devices used in lottery scamming activities were seized.  When Flemming was informed of the likely offences, he offered to bribe a member of the team Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000) to avoid prosecution.  

Both men were subsequently charged with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provision) Act 2013 and Flemming was slapped with an additional charge for breaching Corruption Prevention Act and taken before the St. James Parish Court.  On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 both men pled guilty to the charges.

MOCA wishes to remind members of the public who may have any information that could assist in any investigation to call MOCA at 876-906-5848 or or by email at moca@jcf.gov.jm  More information is on the MOCA.gov.jm website or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MOCAJamaica and follow MOCA on Twitter @MOCAJamaica