The United States media has reported that another Jamaican, Kristoff Cain, has been arrested in connection with the Jamaican lottery scam.
Authorities believe he is a mastermind behind one of the criminal networks that targeted elderly Americans.
According to CBS Pittsburgh local news, “Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday (May 10) that 22-year-old Kristoff Cain, of Jamaica, has been charged with corrupt organizations, theft by deception and other felony crimes.”
CBS Pittsburgh further reported that “Cain was identified as a ringleader after 72-year-old Audrey Huff, of Pittsburgh, was arrested last year.”
The Jamaican was said to have been arrested in Florida and then sent to Pittsburgh, where he is currently in the Allegheny County Prison, awaiting a preliminary hearing on May 23.
CBS Pittsburgh reported that Audrey Huff “was working as a money mule in the scam and wired more than $295,000 in funds stolen from elderly Americans to scam artists in Jamaica, including Cain.”
The US Attorney General’s website disclosed that the scammers would call their victims and tell them they won the lottery, but they must send money to receive their winnings. In other cases, the scammers would identify themselves as FBI or IRS agents and scare people into sending money.
Meanwhile, Huff had earlier pleaded guilty to charges including corrupt organization, theft by deception and conspiracy and was sentenced to probation, according to the US media reports.