8 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects appear in US court

2017-04-28 08:23
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Bismarck - Eight more people have been extradited from Jamaica to face charges in the US in what authorities say is a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that victimised dozens of Americans.

The eight suspects appeared in federal court in Bismarck in the American state of North Dakota. Four pleaded not guilty and four others didn't enter pleas because their public defenders weren't present. All were ordered held until detention hearings.

Authorities allege the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7m.

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.

Another suspect is awaiting trial in Rhode Island, one is in custody in Jamaica awaiting extradition and four are still fugitives.

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