Extradition hearing for eight persons including cop stalled
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The extradition hearing for eight persons wanted by United States (US) authorities failed to get underway in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today.
The hearing has been rescheduled to July 28.
The eight are Police Constable Jason Jahalal, Alrick McLeod, Dhalia Hunter, Oneil Brown, Xanu-Ann Morgan, Karoe Gray, Dario Palmer and Kimberley Hudson.
They are wanted on an indictment handed down in the State of North Dakota in the US.
This morning, Parish Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece explained that the hearing was being postponed because the judge handling the matter is not well.
Wolfe-Reece said no other judge could be found to handle the matter.
According to the DPP's office, the eight 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 in the state of North Dakota in the US.
The DPP says in the case against Hudson, prosecutors revealed that their counterparts in North Dakota have alleged that she was part of a criminal organisation they believe was led by a Jamaican man identified as Labrick Willocks.
Prosecutors charged that the gang began operations in 2009 from Jamaica, the US and elsewhere and used an advance fee scheme to defraud a total of 80 elderly victims of approximately US$5.6 million.
According to them, the cash was sent to Jamaica by middlemen operating in the US through blank cheques, wire transfers, the mail service and by money couriers.