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Eight Jamaicans awaiting extradition to US on lottery scamming charges

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 6:53 AM

American prosecutors have revealed that eight Jamaicans arrested here are now awaiting extradition to the US to be tried on lottery scamming charges in the matter linked to the 74-year-old man who was last week convicted in Kentucky.

The prosecutors have not named the Jamaicans.

However, they say more than two dozen people have been charged in the case.

In the meantime, James Simpson, the elderly convict has been ordered to serve time and help pay back more than US$5 million in losses to other victims.

Simpson reportedly decided to participate in the Jamaican lottery scam after he became a victim.

North Dakota authorities say Simpson, opened individual bank accounts, deposited money and transferred funds on orders from scam leader Lavrick Willocks.

According to court documents, in three months, Simpson deposited and withdrew more than US$200,000 in cash from one bank account in three months.

His lawyer, Jackie Stebbins, said Simpson is a "good and honest man" who was persuaded by scammers to engage in criminal activity.