St. James, Jamaica (McN) – A St. James businessman allegedly accused of lottery scamming was extradited to the United States last Thursday to face multiple charges of fraud from an alleged Lottery Scam Ring.
According to a news release by the Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF) – St. James businessmen Lavrick Willocks, 27-year-old, otherwise known as “Lav,” of Glenwood, St James, was extradited to the US on Thursday January, 19.
Jamaican and United States law enforcement authorities worked together to find the Lavrick, who is alleged to be the leader of the fraud scheme, which for six (6) years bilked approximately 80 elderly Americans out of more than US$5.5 million.
Willocks who was wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is one of the alleged 26 member Jamaican lottery ring, indicted in the US District Court of North Dakota on 60 counts of money laundering conspiracy.
The accused waived his right to an extradition hearing, following his arrest by the Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT).
In a News Release to the Press, the Constabulary Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) states,
“Laverick Willocks is alleged to be one of the masterminds who ran a syndicate that defrauded several US citizens of over US$5 million in the illicit lottery scam. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest and extradition.”
The News Release continues to report that,
“On Saturday, November 5, 2016, members of the Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT) arrested Willocks at a hotel in Kingston and brought him before the Corporate Area Parish Court, where he waived his right to an extradition hearing and was ordered extradited. Willocks was picked up at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre by JFAT. He was then transported to the Norman Manley International Airport, where he was handed to US marshals.”