Brothers arrested in lottery scam raid

June 06, 2022

Brothers Daniel and Akine Richards were charged with being in possession of identity information and criminal property following a major raid by two major law enforcement agencies recently.

It is alleged that, on May 19, members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch conducted a joint operation at a Kingston 5 property occupied by the men. During a search of the premises, US$100 and J$1.01 million were seized from Daniel, while US$4,780 and an additional J$1.01 million were taken from Akine. Lottery scamming paraphernalia, including a notebook with identity information and various electronic devices, were also seized. The brothers were subsequently charged.

When the men made their first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last week, prosecutors asked that the men, who are on bail in the sum of $400,000, have conditions added.

Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque ordered that the brothers surrender their travel documents and report to the police once weekly. A stop order was imposed and they were made subjects of a fingerprint order. The accused are to return to court on July 26, when the matter is set for mention.

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