In January, Sen. Collins was named the top Republican on the Senate Special Committee on Aging which is chaired by Sen. Bill Nelson, (D-FL). Subsequently, the Special Committee on Aging held a hearing to investigate a Jamaican lottery scam that's robbing many vulnerable seniors of their life savings.
Senator Collins called on governments at all levels and across international boundaries to work together to shut down the scammers. Collins also called on U.S. law enforcement agencies to step up efforts to combat the crime rings, assist victims and make extradition of these criminals a priority.
The publicity was noticed by many people – including the Jamaican Government. Jamaican authorities have inquired about the unwanted attention because it was negatively affecting commerce, specifically tourism.
leading newspaper – The Gleaner – published a story saying: "
image will take a beating across the globe this week as the deadly lottery scam goes before
the United States
In late March, the Jamaican Parliament passed new laws criminalizing such scams with penalties of up to 25 years in prison. Passage of the bills came roughly two weeks after the Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on the issue.
Then, in late April, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela Bridgewater notified Sens. Nelson and Collins that Jamaican officials have agreed to extradite to the U.S. individuals involved in the lottery scam that is bilking hundreds of millions of dollars from senior citizens across the nation.
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