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  • More than 100 arrests have been made under the anti-lottery scamming law, since it was passed last year.
  • These cases have so far resulted in convictions.
  • At its peak; lottery scamming activities were hauling in an estimated US$300 million per year in illicit gains.

More than 100 arrests have been made under the anti-lottery scamming law, since it was passed last year.

These cases have so far resulted in convictions, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, told members of the Diplomatic Corps, at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, on February 5.

Mr. Bunting pointed out that at its peak; lottery scamming activities were hauling in an estimated US$300 million per year in illicit gains.

“We think that has been reduced…we have not eliminated it, but we have reduced it significantly with the new law,” he asserted.

The Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions Special Provisions Act is among several pieces of anti-crime legislation that have been passed, or are in the draft stages.

Some of the offences which the Act addresses, include: obtaining any property or inducing any person to confer any benefit on any person by false pretence; knowingly conducting a financial transaction with the proceeds of an offence; and inviting or otherwise inducing a person to visit Jamaica for the purpose of committing an offence under the Act.

It also provides for powers of search and seizure and restitution, and for guilty persons to be fined and sentenced to a term of imprisonment for up to 25 years.

The Minister outlined for the diplomats, a raft of crime-fighting initiatives that the government has instituted, and their successes, including Operation Resilience, and the most recently launched, Unite for Change Initiative. He also detailed the challenges which law enforcement and the Government face, in stemming crime.

Mr. Bunting’s address forms part of activities for Diplomatic Week, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. It is being observed from February 2 to February 07, 2014, under the theme: ‘Partnership for Growth’.