Suspect in Lottery Scam Arrested in Lynn Haven

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - A six-month investigation by the Lynn Haven Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service led to the arrest of an alleged con man with Jamaican ties who was living in Lynn Haven. 

Vivian Andrew Walters, 31, is facing felony charges of organized fraud in connection with what is commonly known as a "foreign lottery" scam. During the scam, unsuspecting victims are told they won a fictitious lottery or sweepstakes. They are then told that their "winnings" can be released if the victim pays "taxes" or other "fees."

In a news release, police wrote that Walters was born in and has continued ties to the Jamaica, which is a known hotspot for such fraudulent activity. Near the end of the investigation, officials searched Walters' home and found, "a large quantity of U.S. Currency, multiple cell phones, computers, financial records and other documents."

Walters is in jail awaiting his first appearance before a local judge. 

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