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North Dakota---A 25-year-old
man was convicted yesterday
for his role in a Jamaican lot-
tery scam that authorities say
cost victims around the coun-
try millions of dollars.
Sanjay Williams, of Montego
Bay, Jamaica, was found guilty
of conspiracy, wire fraud and
money laundering and faces up
to 40 years in prison.
Williams primarily as a "lead
broker" who bought and sold
"sucker lists" of potential vic-
tims. He was the only one of 32
defendants to opt for trial; about
a dozen defendants are awaiting
extradition from Jamaica.
Prosecutors said Williams,
who was arrested in North Car-
olina, was the first person from
Jamaica convicted of selling the
lead lists used in the scam.
"I hope it makes a difference,"
Assistant US Attorney Clare
Hochhalter said. "I hope it sends
a message to the people who
continue doing this crime."
Prosecutors said the case
came to light four years ago
when Edna Schmeets, 86, of
Harvey, North Dakota, received
a call from a man who told her
she had won $19 million and a
new car, and needed only to pay
taxes and fees. The process
dragged on until the widow s
savings were wiped out, a sum
of about $300,000.
Hochhalter told jurors that
the subsequent investigation
identified more than 70 peo-
ple---mostly older and vulnerable
citizens---who were scammed
out of more than $5.2 million.
About a dozen victims testified
during the trial by video and in
The victims "came from all
walks of life and from across
the country" and ranged from
a woman who owned three suc-
cessful businesses to a World
War II fighter pilot, Hochhalter
Stock said in his closing argu-
ments that the case wasn t
about sympathy, but about evi-
A Japanese zoo has apologised for nam-
ing a baby monkey Charlotte after the
newborn British princess following com-
The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological
Garden said it was considering renaming
the macaque. It was flooded with angry
calls and emails after announcing the name
for its first monkey born this year, a tradi-
tion at the city-run zoo in southern Japan.
Charlotte was the favourite in a public
ballot, receiving 59 out of 853 votes in just
over a month until Wednesday, when the
female monkey was born.
Opponents largely said giving the
princess' name to a monkey is disrespect-
ful to British royals. According to zoo offi-
cial Akira Asano, some of them said that
the Japanese people would feel offended if
a monkey were named after Japanese
He said the zoo has also received sup-
port for Charlotte, and the views are now
"We deeply apologise for causing trouble
to many people over the naming of the
first baby (monkey)," said a statement
posted on the zoo Web site. "We take
these opinions seriously."
Asano said he was not aware of any
complaints from British citizens.
Tokyo monkey named after Princess Charlotte?
LONDON --- Prime Minister David
Cameron s Conservative Party fared
much better than expected in parlia-
mentary elections yesterday, an exit
poll projected, suggesting it is within
touching distance of forming a new
The opposition Labour Party of Ed
Miliband took a beating, according to
the poll, much of it due to the rise of
the separatist Scottish National Party.
The poll said the SNP would take all
but one of the 59 seats in Scotland,
most of them from Labour.
Cameron s coalition partner, the Lib-
eral Democrat Party, was expected to
lose most of its seats.
The exit poll, based on interviews
with 22,000 voters, differed strongly
from opinion polls conducted during
the month-long election campaign,
which had put the Conservatives and
Labour neck-and-neck with about a
third of the vote share each.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who
is running for a seat in Parliament as
a Conservative, said that if the poll was
accurate "then obviously, it s a very, very
clear victory for the Conservatives and
a very bad night for Labour."
Political leaders warned against jump-
ing to conclusions before the actual
results are in, and some expressed scep-
ticism about the poll.
"I have to say it just doesn t feel right,"
said longtime Labour adviser Alistair
The survey was conducted by pollsters
GfK and Ipsos MORI for Britain s broad-
casters and released as polling stations
closed at 10 pm.
Results began coming in within an
hour of polls closing. The seat of
Houghton and Sunderland South in
northeast England was the first to com-
plete the traditional election-night ritual:
Votes in each of the 650 constituencies
are counted by hand and the candidates
--- each wearing a bright rosette in the
colour of their party --- line up onstage
as a returning officer reads out the
results. It went to Labour, as expected.
The exit poll projected that the Con-
servatives would get 316 seats --- up
from 302 and far more than had been
predicted --- and Labour 239, down from
256. The Liberal Democrats would shrink
from 56 seats to ten, while the Scottish
nationalists would grow from six to 58,
all but one of Scotland s seats.
If the exit poll is accurate, the Con-
servative Party would be in a command-
ing position to form the next government
by seeking partners from smaller par-
There could be a re-run of the Con-
servative-Liberal Democrat coalition
that has governed since 2010. The poll
put the two parties total at 326 --- just
over half the 650 seats in the House of
Cameron could also seek support
from the right-of-center Democratic
Unionists in Northern Ireland, who had
eight seats before the election, or the
anti-European, anti-immigrant UK
The Conservatives and Labour have
both watched voters turn elsewhere ---
chiefly to the Scottish nationalists, who
will dominate north of the border, and
UKIP ran third in opinion polls, but
the exit poll predicted it would win just
two seats because its support isn t con-
centrated in specific areas. The Greens
were also forecast to get two seats. (AP)
The first ballot boxes arrive at Sunderland Tennis Centre as counting commences in the general election.
A runner brings in the first ballot
box to the Sunderland Tennis
Centre as counting commences
yesterday. TELEGRAPH PHOTOS
Exit poll: Cameron out front
...but no clear majority
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