JAMAICAN

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…

More Suspects Make Pleas in Jamaican Lottery Scam

Six of them have pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the past four months

  BISMARCK, ND — Four more suspects either pleaded guilty or agreed to do so this month in a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam. That leaves 5 of the 15 defendants still scheduled for trial in January. Thirteen others have been arrested and brought to the U.S. to face charges. Six of them have pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the past…

Two More Suspects Make Pleas in Jamaican Lottery Scam

Two more suspects remain fugitives

  BISMARCK, ND — Two more suspects have pleaded guilty in a Jamaican lottery scam. Federal prosecutors in North Dakota continue efforts to reach deals with the 13 suspects who’ve been arrested. Two more suspects remain fugitives. Seven suspects remain scheduled for trial in January. At least 90 people lost over $5.7 million in the scam, including a North Dakota…

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 Suspect Nabbed in Jamaican Lottery Scam

At least 90 people lost over $5.7 million to the scam, including a North Dakota woman who lost her life savings

  BISMARCK, ND — Authorities have caught another suspect in a Jamaican lottery scam. Akil Gray is among 15 suspects charged in U.S. District Court in North Dakota with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors said he was recently apprehended in Jamaica after being on the run more than a year. At least 90 people lost over $5.7 million to…

Trial for Defendants in Jamaican Lottery Scam Put on Hold

The trial is expected to last three weeks

  BISMARCK, ND — The trial for 10 people who are accused of tricking mostly American seniors out of millions of dollars in a Jamaican Lottery scam has been put on hold. Federal Judge Dan Hovland has rescheduled the trial to January 22nd of 2018 because one of the defendant’s attorneys says he needs more time to prepare. The trial…

Defense Attorney Wants Out of Jamaican Lottery Scam Case

Goff says he can no longer "communicate effectively'' with Willocks

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Defense attorney John Goff says he can no longer work with his Jamaican lottery-scam client. Goff has filed a motion to withdraw from Lavrick Willocks’ case. Willocks is accused of bilking more than 70 mostly elderly Americans, including a North Dakota woman, out of over five and a half million dollars. Goff says he can no…