Jamaican News, February 23, 2017 – Lotto Scam Charges:
St. James, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – The case of a Policeman and seven (7) other persons who are charged in a lottery scam ring appeared before a St. James parish judge for ruling on whether they should be extradited to the United States to face charges in an alleged lottery fraud.
The eight (8) people charged with lottery fraud are reported to be a part of the alleged “Lotto Crime Boss,” Lavrick Willocks, lotto scam ring. Willocks, 27-year-old, otherwise known as “Lav,” of Glenwood, St James, was extradited to the US on Thursday, January, 19.
Police Constable Jason Jahalal; along with Alrick McLeod, O’Neil Brown, Xanu Morgan, Dario Palmer, Kazrae Grey, Kimberly Hudson and Dahlia Hunter are wanted in the state of North Dakota, United States for allegedly perpetrating a lottery scam.
Reports from the North Dakota Prosecutors Office are that the eight have been charged in a 66-count indictment, each with one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud; and 15 counts of mail fraud and; one count of money laundering.
According to US prosecuting authorities, the eight (8) are part of a criminal fraud organisation, led by Lavrick Willocks, which used an advance fee scheme to defraud 80 elderly victims of about US$5.6 million.
In a News Release to the Press, the Constabulary Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) states,
“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.”
Judge to Issue Ruling on the Extradition of the Lotto Scam Accused Eight
Based on a preponderance of evidence presented to the court, Parish Judge Vaughn Smith will rule on March 8, after his review.
Following presentation of legal arguments into the matter against the Policeman and the 7 other defendants, Judge Smith told the prosecutors,
“There’s a lot of information to peruse. Based on the amount of material I will need another week to make my decision,” Smith explained.