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. Jamaica's leading newspaper – The Gleaner – published a story saying: " Jamaica's image will take a beating across the globe this week as the deadly lottery scam goes before the United States Senate."
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. About FairPoint Communications, Inc. FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 17 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers Internet services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/fairpoint), Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint) and LinkedIn ( http://www.linkedin.com/company/fairpoint-communications). SOURCE FairPoint Communications, Inc.