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USA taking steps to extradite more Jamaicans linked to lottery scamming

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:46 AM

United States authorities have confirmed that steps are being taken to extradite more Jamaicans linked to lottery scamming in the state of North Dakota. 

Earlier this year, local police authorities had told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that extradition requests were pending. 

Speaking during a telephone press conference, Clare Hochalter from the US attorney's office in North Dakota, said the US has now initiated extradition proceedings for some Jamaicans. 

However, he did not disclose much details about the process which is being undertaken through the USA's extradition treaty with Jamaica. 

 

Joshua Polacheck, Consular for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Jamaica and before him, Clare Hochalter from the US attorney's office in North Dakota

The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) oversees extradition requests to Jamaica.

However, attempts to get a comment from the DPP Paula Llewellyn were unsuccessful as calls to her phone went unanswered. 

Last year the US attorney's office in North Dakota indicted 17 Jamaicans along with other Americans for their alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud elderly US victims in a lottery scam racket. 

One of those indicted, Sanjay Williams, has been convicted and sentenced last month to 20 years in prison.

In May, Damion Barrett became the first Jamaican to be extradited on lottery scam allegations.