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Another alleged Jamaican lottery scammer extradited

Published:Friday | July 28, 2017 | 7:08 AMJerome Reynolds

Alleged Jamaican lottery scammer Gregory Gooden has been extradited to the United States on wire fraud and money laundering charges.

Gooden, 35, who is from Black River, St Elizabeth, was yesterday handed over to US marshals by Jamaican police at the Norman Manley International Airport.

He’s to face trial in a North Dakota federal court.

Gooden is one of 14 persons charged by the US Attorney for the District of North Dakota in connection with a lottery scamming scheme.

US investigators say they were involved in a conspiracy to defraud elderly Americans millions of dollars.

Eight other alleged Jamaican lottery scammers, including a policeman, were extradited in April in relation to the case.

Gooden, who was listed among the top 10 most wanted in the US, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month where he waived his right to an extradition hearing.

As a result, the court ordered his extradition.

Gooden was arrested by the police during a raid at a house on Wellington Street, Kingston 14 on June 5.

The police said during processing, it was revealed that Gooden was wanted in America for wire fraud and money laundering.