Police arrest Waterford woman for alleged role in 'Jamaican lottery' scam

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Waterford – Police arrested a local woman on several charges related to her alleged participation in a “Jamaican lottery” scam following a lengthy investigation involving state, local and federal authorities.

Julie A. Drayton, 61, of 8 Wild Rose Ave., was charged with seven counts of second-larceny, first-degree accessory to larceny by extortion, third-degree money laundering and corrupt organizations and racketeering activity (CORA).

Waterford police did not give further details about the alleged crime, but Internet reports about Jamaican lottery scams indicate the problem is widespread. Perpetrators in such scams call people, generally elderly, and tell them they’ve won the lottery but must first pay taxes and fees. The perpetrators then try to acquire the victims’ personal information, like a credit card or bank account number.

Police said the arrest capped an investigation that included the Hartford police department, the County of Hawaii police department, the New London County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshalls’ Service.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Drayton is held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Friday in New London Superior Court.

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