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Jamaican scammer Lavrick Willocks' mother to plead guilty today

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 10:47 AM

The mother of a Jamaican man who authorities say masterminded a large-scale lottery scam in the US is expected to plead guilty in the case today.

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

US prosecutors say the scheme operated out of the mansion Hunter shared with her son in Kingston, Jamaica.

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

The deal to Hunter 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.