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Another alleged scammer extradited to US

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 1:19 PM

A 27-year-old businessman has been extradited to the United States of America on lottery scam charges.

He is Lavrick Willocks, otherwise known as "Lav", of Tortuga Drive in Greenwood in St James. He was extradited on Thursday to face charges of Attempt and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy.

It is alleged that Willocks is one of the masterminds behind a syndicate which defrauded several US citizens of  more than US$5 million. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest and extradition.

Willocks was arrested while at a hotel in Kingston on November 16 last year. He was brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, where he waived his rights to an Extradition Hearing and was ordered extradited.

He was picked up at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on Thursday and flown to the United States where he was handed over to US marshals.