28-year old resident of Hanover Santressa Kerr has been charged by Officers from the Financial Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance for scamming a Canadian man of over three million dollars.
Her arrest came after a thorough investigation by the FID in tandem with local and international members of the police force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
She reportedly contacted the 75-year-old man informing him he was a lottery winner. She then convinced him to send CA$31,000 or more than J$3 million in order to receive his winnings. When the money was not received, the elderly man contacted the authorities in Canada who then made contact with Jamaican authorities.
Kerr, is now charged with money laundering, fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and is set to appear in the Lucea Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
According to the Finance ministry this is the first matter before the courts involving a Canadian person being targeted by lottery scammers.
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