Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Jamaican scammer's mother agrees to plead guilty to conspiracy

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 4:53 PM

The mother of a Jamaican man who authorities say masterminded a large-scale lottery scam in the US has agreed to plead guilty in the case next week.

The Associated Press has reported prosecutors saying the scheme operated out of the mansion Dahlia Hunter shared with her son in Kingston, Jamaica.

The scheme reportedly bilked at least 90 Americans out of more than US$5.7 million.

Hunter is to plead guilty next Wednesday to conspiracy, and the government has agreed to drop dozens of fraud and money laundering counts.

The deal is similar to those reached by numerous other defendants in the case, including Hunter’s son, Lavrick Willocks, who authorities say was the scam’s kingpin.

Four suspects are still scheduled for trial in January, and two others remain fugitives in Jamaica.

The case is being prosecuted in federal court in North Dakota.