Music producer Andrew Sayeed Myrie appeared in court today to answer to scamming charges. The 31-year-old producer and two others face multiple charges including conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.
Court documents say an 83-year-old woman from North Dakota was told in 2011 that she had won a $19 million dollar cash prize from American Cash Awards.
The woman wrote seven checks totaling $160,000 to pay to get the money.
She ultimately took out a loan against her life insurance policy and gave out her credit card and pin number to the unknown callers.
An elderly woman from North Dakota who was identified by investigators as the first victim in a Jamaican lottery scam says she lost $300,000 and cashed in her insurance policy.. Several defendants have pleaded and others are awaiting extradition from Jamaica. Williams is the first person to go to trial.
Eighty-six-year-old Edna Schmeetz of Harvey, North Dakota, testified Monday that scammers told her not to tell anybody about the lottery until she collected her prize. She says she planned to give the money to her children.