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Woman held with alleged lottery scamming mastermind in Kingston to be deported

Published:Thursday | November 10, 2016 | 11:07 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A parish judge today recommended the deportation of the Panamanian woman who was held with alleged lottery scamming mastermind Lavrick Willocks.

The woman, Ailyn Fuentes, was also fined $10,000 or 90 days in prison for overstaying her time in Jamaica when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Fuentes acknowledged, through her attorney, that she arrived in Jamaica in March this year and should have left the island a month later in April.

Her attorney also indicated that she was very anxious to leave Jamaica.

According to prosecutors, Fuentes and Willocks were held by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime division during an operation on Tucker Avenue in St Andrew on November 5.

Willocks is wanted in the State of North Dakota in the United States for money laundering and lottery scam charges.

American authorities have alleged that he is the leader of a criminal organisation that fleeced over 80 elderly victims of approximately US$5.6 million.