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Jamaican to appear in US court for lottery scamming

A Jamaican man is to appear in a US court on August 27 on a lottery scamming charge.
 
Alex Saunders, 26, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
 
Mr. Saunders was charged in a bill of information, which usually indicates that a defendant intends to plead guilty.
 
In an indictment filed last Friday, Mr. Saunders, who is a former track team athlete at Southern University in New Orleans, is accused of  taking part in a telephone lottery scam that preyed on the elderly between 2013 and 2015.
 
Federal prosecutors allege that Mr. Saunders and a Texas woman, Debra Krom, set up bank accounts in the United States to assist the lottery scam operating out of Jamaica. 
 
The accounts were used to transfer money to Jamaica.
 
Their co-conspirator, Andrew Bowyer, who received the money in Jamaica, was sentenced to six and a half years in a US prison in July last year.
 
Ms Krom was charged in a federal indictment and faces trial in November.
 


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