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Another J'can sentenced in US for lottery scamming

Friday, November 17, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 32-year-old Jamaican man, who United States authorities said scammed elderly residents out of money by falsely telling them they had won millions in Jamaican lotteries, was yesterday sentenced in a New Jersey court to more than five years in prison.

Ricardo Reid, who used the aliases of Robert Gates; Mr Bogohazian; and Damien Boswel was sentenced to 63 months in prison.

The judge also sentenced Reid to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay US$577,703.78 in restitution.

Reid previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

According to court documents and statements, between 2011 and 2016, Reid purchased mailing lists that contained elderly residents' addresses and other information. He then contacted the individuals and tricked them into believing they had won millions in lotteries and sweepstakes.

Reid also told the elderly residents that to redeem the "winnings," they needed to pay registration fees, other costs and taxes. Reid told the elderly residents the calls were from the IRS, lottery and bank officials.

Reid used call forwarding and voice over internet protocol services to make and receive calls that masked his location and phone number.

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