Corrupt employees at some Jamaican government agencies are making it even more difficult for the police to clamp down on the illegal lottery scam.
A probe by the Gleaner has confirmed that fraudulent driver’s licenses, Tax Registration Numbers (TRN) and other documents are being sold across western Jamaica and the scammers are paying big bucks for them.
The most common among the fraudulent documents is a driver’s license, which can be purchased for up to $100,000 in Montego Bay, St James, which is the genesis of the lottery scam.
“Just send your money and your picture and a man can get a driver’s license for you in any name you want,” said one person close to the western Jamaica criminal underworld.
According to a senior police officer, who asked not to be named, while the sale of fraudulent documents is neither new nor restricted to western Jamaica, it has exploded in that section of the island as under-pressure scammers try to disguise their wealth and change their identities.
The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has also admitted that it is worried about public servants getting involved in these illegal activities.
“We have warned our public servants that they need be careful, they need to be vigilant, they need not get tempted with the lure of quick money, and to preserve what little respect we have been able to maintain,” JCSA President O’Neil Grant.
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