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Jamaican court goes easy on lottery scammers

Dec 4, 2017, 8:27 am

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There are reports of disquiet among Jamaican law enforcement officials over news that 15 men who pleaded guilty to lottery scam-related charges in the Hanover Circuit Court were sentenced to fines totaling $367,000.

According to information obtained by The Gleaner-Power106 news centre, the men all pleaded guilty to possession of identity information on November 23rd and 24th.

The reports indicate that seven were fined $30,000; five were fined $20,000 while two were fined $25,000.

The other man was fined $7,000 and ordered to pay restitution of US$580.

However, one senior law enforcement official notes that the Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions Special Provisions Act, commonly called the lottery scam act, provides stiffer fines and up to 15 years in prison.

While acknowledging the independence of the judiciary, the official describes the fines as scandalous and says they do not take into account the links between the lottery scam and the increase in violent crimes in western Jamaica.

The official also pointed out that in each of the cases the fines were less than US$200, significantly less than the fines imposed on Jamaicans convicted in the U-S on charges related to the lottery scam.

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pocket change ..........

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      Something is not right here. It does not pass the smell test. 

     Let us continue warning our elderly relatives about these scams. 

    Crazy

     "We are all in this together!" 

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      A small punishment when a more severe punishment is deserved!

      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

      Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

      Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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        "Jamaican court"? Isn't "Hanover Circuit Court" in Virginia?