Majority Press

Scam Artist Involved in Jamaican Lottery Scam Found Guilty in US Court

Senator Collins, Who Led Senate Investigation Into the Scam, Releases a Statement

 WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Department of Justice Officials today notified Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, that an individual charged in connection with the Jamaican lottery phone scam has been found guilty in a federal court in North Dakota.  In 2013, Senator Collins led the Committee investigation that brought the phone scam to light and ultimately led to nearly two dozen arrests, and the Jamaican government to crack down on these scam artists.  The scam has targeted seniors in Maine and throughout the nation and has resulted in millions of dollars being swindled from its victims.

            Senator Collins said, “The Jamaican lottery scam is cruel, sophisticated, and persistent and has victimized elderly residents throughout Maine and the nation.  Too many seniors who should be enjoying their golden years have instead lost millions of dollars and suffered harassment and a loss of dignity. 

            “Today’s conviction of one of the con artists involved in this scam is a step in the right direction. But the Department of Justice must continue to pursue these criminals to bring them to justice and dismantle these ruthless scams.”

            25-year-old Sanjay Williams of Montego Bay, Jamaica was found guilty of selling lists of potential victims for scammers to call.