Fri | Sep 22, 2017

Ruling expected today in extradition case of alleged lottery scammers

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:34 AM

The fate of eight Jamaicans, including a police Constable, who are facing extradition to the United States on lottery scam-related charges could be known today.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith is scheduled to announce a decision in the Kingston Parish Court.

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 scam scheme to defraud 80 elderly victims of approximately US$5.6 million.