2 more suspects plead guilty in $5.7M Jamaican lottery scam

2 more suspects plead guilty in $five.7M Jamaican lottery scam

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two more suspects have pleaded guilty in a Jamaican lottery scam that government say bilked a minimum of 90 Americans out of more than $five.7 million.

O’Neil Brown and Dahlia Hunter previous reached plea offers with prosecutors. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy in separate hearings this week. The govt dropped dozens of fraud and cash laundering counts.

Seven different defendants have pleaded guilty in contemporary months, together with Hunter’s son, Lavrick Willocks, who government say masterminded the scam.

Four suspects are nonetheless scheduled for trial in January and two others stay fugitives in Jamaica.

The case is being prosecuted in federal court docket in North Dakota. Prosecutors consider it to be the primary large-scale Jamaican lottery scam prosecuted in the U.S.

The investigation relationship to 2011 resulted in fees in opposition to 27 folks.

Earlier this week, scammers being prosecuted in Jamaica for identical crimes gained moderately simple sentences by means of the court docket, with defendants paying fines with out prison time.

Updated: December 9, 2017 — 7:59 am

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