After taking part in a Jamaica-based lottery scam that mainly targeted elders in the US, a 38-year-old woman was sent to prison. She was given three years in prison and a three-year term of supervised release. Kimberly Powell, who resided in New York, pleaded guilty and admitted to working with her husband, Jeragh Powell, and others in Jamaica to mail fake lottery prize notifications when she faced the court in August last year.
In the deceitful prize notification letters, the victims were congratulated on winning a drawing. They were also instructed to pay out tens of thousands of dollars in “fees and taxes,” and “shipping and handling,” so that they could receive the prize money and cars that they won. The victims were also contacted by members of the Jamaica-based conspiracy via telephone and they were directed to make payments to specific individuals in the United States.
Since the start of their scheme, the Powells have received over US$67,000 from victims. A large portion of the proceeds went to the husband’s associates in Jamaica. On August 1 last year, Jeragh Powell pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges. Just this past January, he was sentenced to three years and five months in prison.