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Judge to rule March 8 in extradition matter involving eight persons including cop

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 2:48 PM

A parish judge is to rule on March 8 whether eight Jamaicans, including a police constable, should be extradited to the United States to face lottery scam related charges.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith reserved his decision after lawyers for the five men and three women and the Director of Public Prosecutions, which is the designated central authority in extradition matters, wrapped their legal arguments in the Kingston Parish Court today.

"There's a lot of information to peruse. Based on the amount of material I will need another week to make my decision," Smith explained.

Police Constable Jason Jahalal along with Alrick McLeod, O'Neil Brown, Xanu Morgan, Dario Palmer, Kazrae Grey, Kimberly Hudson and Dahlia Hunter are wanted in the US state of North Dakota for their alleged involvement in the lottery scam.

Prosecutors in North Dakota say the eight have each been charged in a 66-count indictment with one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud and 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.

According to American authorities, they are part of a criminal organisation, led by a Jamaican man identified as Lavrick Willocks, which used an advance fee scheme to defraud 80 elderly victims of approximately US$5.6 million.

Willocks was extradited last month after waiving his rights to a hearing.