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Two more plead guilty in US to lottery scamming

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 5:27 PM
Dahlia Hunter

The mother of alleged lottery scam mastermind, Lavrick Willocks, and another man have pleaded guilty in the Jamaican scheme that authorities say bilked at least 90 Americans out of more than US$5.7 million.

O'Neil Brown and Dahlia Hunter pleaded guilty to conspiracy in separate hearings this week, after earlier reaching plea deals with prosecutors.

The Associated Press says the government dropped dozens of fraud and money laundering counts.

In recent months, seven other defendants have pleaded guilty including Hunter's son, Lavrick Willocks.

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.

Prosecutors believe this is the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scamming scheme being prosecuted in the U.S.

The investigation dating back to 2011 resulted in charges against 27 people.