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Former US bank employee charged for role in Jamaica-linked lottery scam

A former bank employee in Massachusetts in the US was charged on Thursday and has agreed to plead guilty to her role in a fraudulent lottery scheme which involved co-conspirators in Jamaica.
 
Rushell Harris, 32, who worked at Nantucket Bank is to plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. 
 
A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled by the court.
 
Harris allegedly helped the lottery scheme which targeted at least 13 victims. 
 
According to the charging documents, victims were contacted by co-conspirators via phone and informed that they won large prizes.
 
They were told that in order to receive the funds they needed to pre-pay taxes on their winnings. 
 
After victims made an initial payment, they were advised that additional advance payments were required for expenses such as insurance, transportation or international customs' fees. 
 
It is alleged that Harris and her co-conspirators transferred proceeds of the scheme to associates in Jamaica and the US.
 
The charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. 
 
In the other conspiracy, Harris allegedly exploited her position at Nantucket Bank by obtaining personal information of a customer and took photographs of the victim's account information. 
 
It is alleged that Harris shared the information with co-conspirators who attempted to transfer funds out of the customer's bank account without authorisation.


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