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Extradite them ... Cop, seven others to face lottery scamming trial in the US

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:26 PM

A Parish Judge has ordered the extradition of eight Jamaicans, including a police Constable, who  are wanted in the United States on lottery scam-related charges.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith, in announcing his decision, said based on the evidence presented by US authorities, through the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, he is satisfied that a prima facie case has been made out against all eight.

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 state of North Dakota for their alleged involvement in a lottery scamming scheme.

Prosecutors in North Dakota say they have each been charged with 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 as part of a 66-count indictment.

American authorities allege that the eight were part of a criminal organisation led by another Jamaican man, Lavrick Willocks, that used an advance fee or lottery scamming scheme to defraud 80 elderly victims of approximately US$5.6 million.

Smith read out in court, sections of the affidavits given by US law enforcement personnel and several co-operating witnesses outlining the alleged involvement of all eight accused in the lottery scam.

He said the allegations suggest that they had knowledge of the scam and willingly participated in it.