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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Palm Beach County Resident is Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Jamaica Based Lottery Scam

Julius Lorenzo George Jackson, 32, of Palm Beach County, was sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch for his role in a Jamaica-based fraudulent lottery scheme. Jackson previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Antonio J. Gomez, Postal Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, and Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), made the announcement.

According to court documents, including the criminal information and factual proffer, individuals throughout the United States were contacted and falsely informed that they had won millions of dollars in a lottery. The victims were persuaded to pay bogus fees of several hundred to several thousand dollars in order to collect their purported lottery winnings. During the course of the lottery scheme, Jackson would receive money from the victims, either directly into his bank account or through a wire transfer of funds. Jackson would keep a portion of the victims’ money and would wire transfer the remaining portion to a co-conspirator in Jamaica.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of USPIS and ICE-HSI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bertha R. Mitrani

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated February 14, 2017