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Extradition requests for alleged lottery scammers among 14 received

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A senior Jamaican official today revealed that in February this year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received 14 extradition requests from United States authorities.

The disclosure was made by Dahlia Gillings-McBean, Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She  was giving evidence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in the extradition hearing of eight Jamaicans wanted in the United States on charges related to the lottery scam.

The eight − police Constable Jason Jahalal, Dahlia Hunter, Xanu Ann Morgan, Kimberly Hudson, Dario Palmer, Alrick McLeod, Kazrae Gray and Oneil Brown − are wanted on an indictment handed down in the US state of North Dakota.

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Palmer, who is representing the requesting state, did not question her about the remaining six extradition requests.

Gillings-McBean told the court that on February 18, Jamaica's foreign ministry "received several boxes accompanied by diplomatic notes requesting the extradition of Jamaican nationals."

"Fourteen notes were received that day," she said, recounting that they were received from the United States Embassy located in St Andrew.

Gillings-McBean said she went through the notes to ensure they had certified accompanying documents before forwarding them to the Justice Ministry.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the eight Jamaicans before the court have each been indicted on one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud; 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.