An additional eight persons have been charged for their involvement in a major lottery scam network operating in Western Jamaica, bringing the total number of persons charged to eighteen.
They were all charged following a series of MOCA operations in the communities of Farm Heights and Farm Hills in St. James, Cornwall Mountain, Shrewsbury Logwood and Bethel Town in Westmoreland as well as Alderton and McDowell District in St. Ann.
Charged for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions)(Special Provisions) Act, 2013 are;
- Vennecia Dixon
- Ecardo Kelly
- Alvin Kelly
- Shereika Kelly
- Omeika Thomas
- Nicola Poyser
- Ishmael Kelly
- Davion Thomas
- Ray Onfroy
- Doreen Williams
- Andrea Williams
- Patsy Ferrigon
- Christopher Steer
- Honel Frame
- Trishana Dove
- Nicky-Ann Kelphat
- Courtney Wallace
- Triston Grant
Dixon, Thomas, Poyser and members of the Kelly family were all arrested during simultaneous MOCA operations carried out with the assistance of the Jamiaca Defense Force (JDF) and the JCF Mobile Reserve in St. James and Westmoreland on Saturday October 7, 2017, following a probe into their alleged involvement in the illicit Lottery Scam. During a search of premises they occupy, lottery scam paraphernalia was found and seized by MOCA detectives resulting in their arrested. Subsequent to an interview session, the seven (7) were charged on Thursday October 12, 2017 and each offered bail in the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00).
On Friday October 20, 2017, Davion Thomas was charged by detectives from MOCA after investigations revealed his alleged involvement in the same illicit activity. He was also offered bail in the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00).
Further investigations into the matter led detectives to premises in St. Ann on Saturday November 11, 2017. During a search of dwellings inhabited by Onfroy and Williams, several documents containing identity information of persons and electronic items were found. This resulted in them being taken into custody and charges laid on Monday November 13, 2017 after an interview session. They were each offered bail in the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00).
Andrea Williams, Ferrigon, Steer, Frame, Dove, Kelphat, Wallace and Grant were all arrested in December 2017, after they were found in possession of lottery scamming paraphernalia during an operation by MOCA West detectives. All except Grant were offered bail in the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400, 000.00). Grant was remanded in custody.
They will all appear in the Savanna la mar Parish Court on Tuesday January 16, 2018.
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