On Friday, it was announced that a Jamaican citizen had been sentenced to two years in prison for being involved in a fraudulent lottery scheme based out of Jamaica. 34-year-old Shashana Stacyann Smith was sentenced to 24 months and has also been ordered to pay $167,532.95 in restitution. The defendant previously pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud on March 31.
As a part of the guilty plea, Smith admitted that she was a member of a lottery fraud conspiracy targeting United States victims from early 2015 to August 2016. After being indicted by a grand jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, Smith was arrested in Florida on December 14, 2016.
Smith admitted that victims received a phone call informing them that they had won money in a lottery or a sweepstakes. Then, victims were instructed to send money to cover fees and other expenses. The victims sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to Smith in hopes of getting their lottery winnings. In return, Smith transferred the money to Jamaica.
As a part of her plea, she admitted that there was no lottery and no winners. She also admitted to keeping some of the money for her own benefit. Again, 34-year-old Shashana Stacyann Smith has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for her involvement in the scheme.