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Woman Involved In Jamaican Lottery Scam Is Sentenced To Prison

At least 90 Americans lost over $5.7 million in the scheme which funneled money between the U.S. and Jamaica

FARGO, ND — It’s sentencing day for a Rhode Island woman convicted in North Dakota as part of a major lottery fraud. Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Melinda Bulgin of Providence to four years in prison and restitution of around $330,000. At least 90 Americans lost over $5.7 million in the scheme which funneled money between the U.S. and Jamaica. The…

Travel Agents Busy As People Look to Escape Winter

Normally during this time of year, they say they're helping travelers book summer vacations instead

FARGO, N.D. — During this time of year, travel agents say they typically see things calm down and start helping people plan their summer vacations. “The snow’s a little higher than I remember,” said Tony┬áHeinbaugh. But after even more snow and the frigid temps in North Dakota and Minnesota, everyone seems to be either wishing they could go back in…

Jamaican Lottery Scam Mastermind To Have Assets Liquidated

The proceeds will go to the 90 mostly elderly Americans that were scammed out of $5.7 million

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a large lottery scam in the U.S. will have his assets liquidated. Cash and jewelry were seized from Lavrick Willocks when he was arrested in November 2016. It includes the equivalent of nearly $12,000 in U.S. currency, along with gold, silver and diamond jewelry of unknown worth and Rolex watches. The…

Mother of Jamaican Lottery Mastermind Reaches Plea Deal in Bismarck Case

In the plea deal, prosecutors will drop fraud and money laundering charges

  BISMARCK, ND — The mother of a Jamaican man, who allegedly scammed North Dakotans out of thousands of dollars in a lottery scam, is pleading guilty. Dahlia Hunter, the mother of alleged scam mastermind, Lavrick Willocks, is pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. Authorities say Willocks used his mother’s mansion to operate the scam that took $5.7 million from at…

Jamaican Lottery Scam Suspects Enter Pleas

Five of the 15 defendants in the case have reached deals with prosecutors

  BISMARCK, ND — Thirteen of 15 suspects in a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam have now entered pleas in federal court. Two suspects from Jamaica were brought to the U.S. earlier this month and entered not guilty pleas in Bismarck. They could be added to a list of suspects scheduled for trial in January. Five of the 15 defendants in…

Another Arrest in Jamaican Lottery Scam

Authorities say the scam caused at least 90 mostly elderly Americans to lose over $5.7 million

  BISMARCK, ND — Another suspect in an alleged multi-million dollar lottery scam, has been arrested. North Dakota U.S. Attorney Chris Myers says Gregory Gooden was arrested this week in Jamaica. Gooden was one of four fugitives still being sought. Fifteen suspects are charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Ten others who have pleaded not guilty…

Eight Extradited from Jamaica to North Dakota Over Lottery Scam

The eight suspects have appeared in federal court in Bismarck

  BISMARCK, ND — Eight more people have been extradited from Jamaica to North Dakota in a lottery scam. The eight suspects have appeared in federal court in Bismarck. Four pleaded not guilty. Four 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…