Ontario Provincial Police Charge Loyalist Residents Involved in $700,000 Lottery

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A loyalist couple have been charged by the Ontario Provincial Police with allegedly running a Facebook lottery scheme.

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On Monday, Dianna Jaynes, 46, was charged by the Ontario Provincial Police with running a lottery scheme, laundering the proceeds of crime, fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Darcy Jaynes, 51, was also charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Both Jaynes have been released and are scheduled to appear in Napanee court on August 16.

“In June 2021, an investigation was opened after police were contacted about a possible illegal lottery conducted through Facebook,” the OPP said in a press release. “Investigation revealed that nearly $700,000 was won in the lottery, of which more than $100,000 was used fraudulently.”

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The Ontario Provincial Police are reportedly withholding further information about their allegations as the matter is before the courts.

Dianna Jaynes was charged under Section 206(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada which states: “Every person is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or is guilty of ‘an offense punishable on summary conviction which…

“Makes, prints, announces or publishes, or causes or causes to be made, print, announce or publish, any proposal, scheme or plan to advance, loan, give, sell or otherwise dispose of any property in lots, maps, tickets or any mode of chance whatsoever.

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