Friday 18 October, 2019

Another suspect in large Jamaican lottery scam arrested

Alleged lotto scammers at NMIA before being extradited in April.

Alleged lotto scammers at NMIA before being extradited in April.

Authorities have caught another suspect in a Jamaican lottery scam that bilked mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars.

Akil Gray is among 15 suspects charged in US District Court in North Dakota with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. He was nabbed in Jamaica this week after being on the run more than a year, and is now to be taken before the court on an extradition warrant.

He's the latest alleged member of the so-called Lavrick Willocks lottery scam network to be arrested.

Authorities say at least 90 people lost a total of more than US$5.7 million to the scam, including a North Dakota woman who lost her life savings.

Willocks, the man who authorities say masterminded the scheme, pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month. Another suspect is scheduled to plead guilty in October.

Nine suspects who have pleaded not guilty are awaiting trial. Another suspect is still in Jamaica awaiting extradition, and two others remain fugitives.

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