Jamaican Lottery Scam
Jarrod Thomas | Apr 27, 2017 AT 4:39 pm
Eight more people are set to make court appearances in the U.S. in what authorities say is a multimillion-dollar Jamaican lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans.The eight suspects were being extradited from Jamaica and were to appear in federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Thursday.
Authorities allege the sophisticated scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million.
Fifteen suspects each are charged with 66 total counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Lavrick Willocks, who authorities say was the mastermind, pleaded not guilty in January.
Among the remaining defendants, one is awaiting trial in Rhode Island, one is in custody in Jamaica awaiting extradition to the U.S., and the remaining four defendants are still fugitives.