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Lotto Scamming Pastor And Businessman Plead Guilty To fraud
The pastor, identified as Ray Foster, and his co accused, 60-year old Oswald Spence, were arrested and charged for breaches under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) on Friday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 23 respectively. Foster headed a congregation on Cooke Street, Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. Spence, of Claude Clarke Avenue in St James, is the owner of a car dealership in Montego Bay.
The Westmoreland Proactive Intelligence Unit (PIU) report that on Friday, September 18, a raid was carried out at Foster’s home where two receipts were found showing a transaction for the purchase of a 2010 Toyota Yaris motorcar amounting to $1.1 million from Spence.
Further investigations by the unit led to an operation on Wednesday, September 23, when a raid was carried out at Spence’s business place. A receipt book was found with the carbon copies of the receipts found at Foster’s home.
Foster and Spence were subsequently arrested and charged for breaching Section 101A of the POCA with a cash transaction in excess of $1 million.
Spence pleaded guilty for breaches of the POCA in the Montego Bay Residents Magistrates Court on October 7.
Both will be sentenced at a later date. The pastor is also facing charges related to lotto scamming.
Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams expressed his delight with the throrough work of the investigators.
“I am extremely pleased with the tenacious attitude of the investigators and how quickly they were able to secure convictions. The hardworking team from the Westmoreland Proactive Intelligence Unit must be lauded for their proactive approach to crime fighting and their intelligence gathering skills. The message is clear we (the JCF) are coming after the law breakers,” stated Dr. Carl Williams