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Jamaican man sentenced in international lottery scam

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Davel Godfrey Young, 53, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for wire fraud, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Young, along with other individuals, made a series of unsolicited phone calls and sent unsolicited emails to a variety of United States citizens. Young informed these individuals that they had won a multi-million dollar lottery prize and a new Mercedes Benz or BMW vehicle. Young then informed the purported lottery winners that in order to receive their lottery prizes, they needed to pay taxes and processing fees by wiring finds to Jamaica and various locations within the United States.

Young further sent fraudulent documentation that misleadingly appeared to be official government forms and unlawfully portrayed the names and symbols of the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, and Federal Reserve Board. Young also transmitted electronic images of forged multi-million dollar cashier’s checks.

Young pled guilty in November 2015 to one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud.” As part of the sentenced imposed today, Young was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $232,118.78.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration investigated.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated June 10, 2016

Financial Fraud