A St James woman was fined J$250,000 for her involvement in the illicit lottery scam that authorities say has bilked millions of dollars from United States residents.

Ionie Thompson of a St James address pleaded guilty to breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act on Thursday, October 13.

Thompson was charged by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Ant-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on Friday, May 15 following an anti-lottery scam operation.

During a search of her premises, items used in lottery scamming were found. Charges were laid against her after she was interviewed in the presence of her attorney.

The fine handed down by the St James court is in comparison to statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of US$500,000 that is handed down by courts in the US.

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