Gangs battle for cash; money used to buy guns, drugs, flashy cars
United States authorities say that millions of dollars, tucked away by senior citizens for their retirement, are now ending up in the pockets of Jamaican crime syndicates. â€œIt is a plague,â€ said U.S. Postal Inspector Bladismir Rojo, adding â€œwhen word-of-mouth spreads of free money, there is no way to put it out.â€
Rojo told reporters here late last month that lottery frauds, based in Jamaica, have exploded in popularity, with estimates that as much as $300 million will be bilked from U.S. residents, largely the elderly, this year alone. He said proceeds from the alleged swindles are used to buy guns, drugs and flashy cars in Jamaica, with gang members sometimes fighting and dying over the illicit cash.