Monday 22 July, 2019

Final fugitive in large Jamaican lottery scam extradited to US

Alleged lottery scammers at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston before being extradited to the United States last year.

Alleged lottery scammers at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston before being extradited to the United States last year.

The final fugitive captured in Jamaica in a lottery scam targeting Americans has been extradited to the United States to face charges.

A Jamaican counter-terrorism and fugitive apprehension team arrested Gareth Billings on the island February 23. He made his initial appearance in US District Court Thursday.

Billings is among a group of 15 suspects still being prosecuted in what's believed to be the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam tried in US courts. Authorities say at least 90 Americans lost a total of more than US$5.7 million.

A federal investigation resulted in conspiracy, fraud and money laundering charges against 27 people. All have pleaded guilty or been convicted except Billings and two other suspects.

The case is being tried in North Dakota because the investigation began there in 2011.

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