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No delays - Chuck says no hesitation in signing extradition orders; Alleged lottery scam mastermind now in US

Published:Monday | January 23, 2017 | 1:00 AM

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has declared that there will be no delays in the signing of extradition orders for Jamaicans wanted in the United States on lottery scam-related charges.

"All orders that come before me are signed within hours once I read them and everything is in order," Chuck told The Gleaner.

The disclosure comes days after Lavrick Willocks, the Jamaican man accused

by American authorities of running a multimillion-dollar international lottery scam syndicate, was extradited to the United States (US) to stand trial.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force revealed yesterday that Willocks was taken from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston on Thursday and transported to the Norman Manley International Airport, where he was handed over to US marshalls.

The 27-year-old from Greenwood, St James, is among 17 Jamaicans who have been indicted in the state of North Dakota on charges of money laundering, wire fraud, conspiracy, and attempting to commit wire fraud and mail fraud. Two of the 17 - disc jockey Deon-Ville O'Hara, better known as Wah Wa, and Sanjay Williams - have already been convicted.

Eight others, including Police Constable Jason Jahalal, are fighting their extradition.

Prosecutors in North Dakota have alleged that since 2009, the men were part of a criminal organisation led by Willocks, which used an advance-fee scheme, or lottery scam, to defraud 80 elderly American victims of approximately US$5.6 million.

According to the prosecutors, the cash was sent to Jamaica by middlemen operating in the US through blank cheques, wire transfers, the mail service, and by money couriers.

Chuck said that he was not aware of any other extradition requests from US authorities.