Woman behind bars for “Jamaican lottery scam”

A Georgia woman is behind bars in Kosciusko County after she was accused of being a “mule” in a “Jamaican lottery scam”.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department detectives drove to the state of Georgia last week and arrested 74-year-old Joanna Karene McCrary on two counts of felony money laundering and two counts of felony theft.

K.C.S.D. Detectives initially began the investigation after a local elderly couple had filed a report after being scammed out of thousands of dollars by a "Jamaican lottery scam".

The couple was told that they won either an international lottery or sweepstakes and in order to receive their winnings they have to pay certain advance fees such as insurance, customs duties or taxes.

The local Kosciusko County couple had also discovered that their Social Security checks had been diverted to a location in Georgia.

K.C.S.D. Detectives followed the money trail to McCrary in Georgia who was illegally transferring the stolen funds and mailing them in turn to Jamaica in the form of bank cards.

McCrary had previously fallen victim of the scam, loosing tens of thousands of dollars as well and detectives alleged that she had become a "mule" for the Jamaican criminals.

McCrary is currently being held at the Kosciusko county jail on $20,000 bond.

If you think you are getting scammed go to scambusters.org to see if anyone else is experiencing the same thing.


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