St James men fined $700,000 for lotto scamming-related offences

Two St James men who pleaded guilty to lottery scamming-related charges were fined a total of $700,000 and given non-custodial sentences earlier this month.

Omar Holmes and Errol Wright, both of Lilliput, St James, pleaded guilty to the offence of possession of identity information last month, according to a release from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

Both men were sentenced on February 2 when they appeared in the St James Circuit Court.

Holmes was ordered to pay a fine of $300,000, with an alternative of three years in prison.

Additionally, he was sentenced to four years in prison, suspended for three years with supervision.

Wright was fined $400,000, with an alternative of two years in prison.

He was also sentenced to four years in prison, suspended for three years with supervision.

The allegations against them were that on July 19, 2013, officers assigned to MOCA conducted an operation at a house that was occupied by both men in St James.

During a search of the premises, several paraphernalia and other devices used in lottery scamming activities were seized.

Both men were subsequently arrested and charged with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provision) Act 2013 and taken before the St James Parish Court. 

On Thursday, January 14, 2021, Holmes and Wright pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

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