CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thurs. June 4, 2009: They are meant to uphold the law but authorities claim 10 Jamaican cops had ties to an international lottery scam that has been bilking many Americans.
The officers are accused of recruiting a civilian to pose as a police officer as part of the fraud, Police Commissioner Hardley Lewin said Wednesday. It is unclear what role the man played.
But he said the officers will not face criminal charges. Instead, the police department will complete an investigation first before determining the next course of action. In the mean time, the cops have been dismissed.
Dozens of Americans have been bilked by the scheme, which saw the scammers reportedly collecting more than $30 million last year alone. The scam works largely on older folks, who are called and told they have won large sums of money in the Jamaican lottery but then asked to send cash to an address in order to access the winnings.