Eight extradited Jamaicans alleged of lottery scamming appear in US court
The eight Jamaicans who were extradited to the United States yesterday on charges related to lottery scamming made their first court appearance this morning.
Counsellor for public affairs at the US Embassy in Kingston, Joshua Polacheck confirmed this morning that police constable Jason Jahalal and his seven co-accused appeared in a federal courthouse in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Prosecutors outlined details of the charges against them during an initial processing exercise.
Constable Jahalal, Dario Palmer, Alrick McLeod, O'Neil Brown, Dahlia Hunter, her son Kazrae Grey, Kimberly Hudson and Xanu-Ann Morgan were extradited on a 66-count indictment handed down in the state of North Dakota.
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.
Prosecutors in North Dakota say the eight were part of a criminal organisation led by another Jamaican, identified as Lavrick Willocks, that used an advance fee or lottery scam scheme to fleece nearly 80 elderly American citizens of US$5.6 million.