The Gleaner - Bunting says evidence against lottery scammers hard to secure
Bunting says evidence against lottery scammers hard to secure
November 7, 2012 Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Minister of national security Peter Bunting says the fact that police have not charged many persons accused of being involved in the lottery scam with direct lottery scamming crimes is a result of the inability to secure evidence.
The minister was speaking this morning at a lottery scam forum organised by the Jamaica National Building Society.
He disclosed that since its inception the anti-lottery scam task-force has made a total of 368 arrests.
Of that number, 21 people were charged with lottery scam related charges.
Bunting said another 64 persons were charged with crimes such as stealing electricity and unlawful possession of property.
But according to the minister, despite the inability of the police to charge persons with primary offences directly related to the lottery scam, slapping them with secondary charges often disrupts their activities.