PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man believed to be the ringleader in a Jamaican lottery scam has been arrested following a Pittsburgh woman’s arrest in connection to the scam last year. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that 22-year-old Jamaican, Kristoff Cain, has been charged with corrupt organizations, theft by deception and other felony crimes.
Cain was identified as a ringleader after 72-year-old Audrey Huff, of Pittsburgh, was arrested last year. According to prosecutors, Huff received some $295,000 from elderly scam victims in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Carolina.
She then wired the money in nearly 300 transfers to people in Jamaica. Authorities say the victims were told they owed money to pay taxes on lottery winnings or to settle bank and other financial issues and were told to mail the money to Huff.
Cain was arrested in Florida and sent to Pittsburgh. He is currently in the Allegheny County Prison, awaiting a preliminary hearing on May 23