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US agents in Jamaica court for hearing of eight alleged scammers including cop

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 2:38 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Personnel from several US law enforcement agencies are now in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the extradition hearing of eight people including a policeman wanted on lottery scamming charges.

The US agencies represented in court are the FBI, the US Postal Investigation Service, the US Marshall Service and the US District Attorney's Office for North Dakota.

The eight accused 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.

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.