Tommy Lee Sparta is now a free man after his lottery scam case was dismissed.
The Gothic Dancehall entertainer was cleared of his lottery scamming-related charges on Thursday (Dec. 20) in the Home Circuit court in downtown Kingston, Jamaica.
The charges were dismissed after the judge upheld a no-case submission made by his lawyer, Ernest Smith.
Tommy Lee Sparta, whose real name is Leroy Russell, and three others were charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013. Two of the men were later released after no evidence was offered by law enforcers.
The “Happy Life” singer and O’Brian Smith were charged after investigations stemming from a traffic stop led police to a Kingston 5 apartment in Kingston, where lottery scamming paraphernalia were seized.
During the trial, the prosecution argued that Tommy Lee is involved in lottery scamming, an illegal activity which has seen United States citizens being defrauded billions of dollars.
A senior police officer told court that he uncovered a hard drive and laptop containing personal information about people from North America linked to the Gothic dancehall entertainer.
“I found a partition on the hard drive called ‘Tommy Lee’. I observed two files in the trash folder. I viewed the contents and observed they contained names, address, city, state, zip, and phone numbers. It was North American numbers based on the area code,” Detective Corporal Campbell said.
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However, Tommy Lee Sparta’s lawyer argued that the prosecution failed to prove that the accused men were involved in any illicit trade.
Subsequently, the trial ended after the Trial Judge Carolyn Tie upheld a no-case submission put forward by the attorney for both accused.