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Alleged Jamaican lottery scam kingpin arrested in Kingston

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A man accused of spearheading a lottery scam that bilked at least 70 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of millions of dollars has been arrested in Jamaica, authorities said Monday.

Lavrick Willocks, 27, was taken into custody Saturday after he was found hiding in a garden at a Kingston hotel, according to a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and a woman who tried to help him escape also was arrested.

Willocks faces numerous charges in U.S. federal court, including conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. He is one of nine defendants in custody in Jamaica who are awaiting extradition, said Clare Hochhalter, the federal prosecutor from North Dakota who's handling the case.

"We're grateful for the recent success of U.S and Jamaican law enforcement partners," Hochhalter said in a statement. "We're looking forward to bringing these and others to justice in the United States."

Jamaican lottery scams have been happening since the late 1990s, but have gone mostly unhindered until the Caribbean country passed a law in 2013 that made it easier to convict and penalize scammers. Willocks' case wound up in North Dakota after Bismarck FBI special agent Francis Gasper interviewed a Harvey woman who said she was defrauded out of $300,000 after someone called and told her she had won $19 million and a new car, and needed only to pay taxes and fees.

The process to extradite Willocks began three years ago, but he managed to elude police during a raid in March that resulted in 19 arrests, Jamaican authorities said. When he was captured Saturday, a search of his room yielded $10,000 in U.S. currency, $148,000 in Jamaican money, several electronics devices and jewelry.

Willocks is expected to appear Tuesday in a Jamaican court. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

One of Willocks' co-defendants, Sanjay Williams, was convicted last year and sentenced to 20 years in prison. To bolsters its case against Williams, the government subpoenaed victims from Madison and Pine Ridge, South Dakota, as well as Minnesota, Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, Utah, South Carolina, Alabama and California.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld Williams' verdict and sentence, saying his rights were not violated and there was sufficient evidence to convict him.

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Simpsonville
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Posted: November 8, 2016, 8:18 am - IP Logged

Helicopter tour will begin.  Take him 10 miles off the coast of Jamaica.  Push him out; if he survive sharks, etc, charges dropped.  Poor folks will never see a dime of their losses.

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    Posted: November 8, 2016, 10:25 am - IP Logged

    Throw away the key.

    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

    For a lead role in a cage?

     

                                                From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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      Posted: November 8, 2016, 12:17 pm - IP Logged

      One of nine awaiting extradition,  all l have to say is: Welcome to America.

      Pelican Bay or Rikers Island,  either would do just fine. 

      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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        Posted: November 8, 2016, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

        Can he buy lotto tickets from prison?

        Nolege is power.

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          Posted: November 8, 2016, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

          Helicopter tour will begin.  Take him 10 miles off the coast of Jamaica.  Push him out; if he survive sharks, etc, charges dropped.  Poor folks will never see a dime of their losses.

          drop the charges? are you crazy?..lol

          "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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            Happy California
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            Posted: November 8, 2016, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

             Jamaica!  Could be a vacation spot for me now. 

            Thanks to all the law enforcement that are involved in administering Justice.

            If you have to pay to claim a lottery prize, hang up. Do not try fooling around with these criminals over the phone they are violent predators. They know where you live.

             I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

             Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

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              Simpsonville
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              Posted: November 8, 2016, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

              I was being facetious.  You know he wouldn't survive my scenario.

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                Simpsonville
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                Posted: November 8, 2016, 6:01 pm - IP Logged

                Can he buy lotto tickets from prison?

                Probably so, drugs and cellphones are snuck  in sometimes!

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                  Posted: November 8, 2016, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

                  .

                  Put him away for good and let's get this mess over with.
                  We have bigger issues to deal with, without this p.o.c. in the way.

                  • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                  • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                  • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                            (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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                    Posted: November 9, 2016, 12:04 am - IP Logged

                     make him and his accomplices pay every cent back .  Bunch of crooks.

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                      I was being facetious.  You know he wouldn't survive my scenario.

                      I worked for the largest money transfer servive in the world for 8 months.

                      I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!

                      No matter how you reason with these people and beg them not to send the money, they still want to send it anyway, "Just in case it's real."  You can give them alln the evidence in the world that they're being scammed and they still want to send the money, "Just in case it's real."

                      Once the crooks have their money and in some cases, laugh at them and hang up or even call them names, laugh at them and then hang up, they call us back and scream, cry, and get hysterical because they've been scammed.

                      They want the company to reimburse them.

                      That's when we hit the with the documented convesation begging them not to send the money to those scam artists.

                      GOD gave you five senses and he meant for you to use them.Cool

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                        Posted: November 9, 2016, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

                        I worked for the largest money transfer servive in the world for 8 months.

                        I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!

                        No matter how you reason with these people and beg them not to send the money, they still want to send it anyway, "Just in case it's real."  You can give them alln the evidence in the world that they're being scammed and they still want to send the money, "Just in case it's real."

                        Once the crooks have their money and in some cases, laugh at them and hang up or even call them names, laugh at them and then hang up, they call us back and scream, cry, and get hysterical because they've been scammed.

                        They want the company to reimburse them.

                        That's when we hit the with the documented convesation begging them not to send the money to those scam artists.

                        People are stupid, confirmed once again.

                        And they expect the company to take the hit? Unbelievable.

                        Nolege is power.

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                          Simpsonville
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                          Posted: November 16, 2016, 10:13 am - IP Logged

                          Yes, they are stupid. 

                           

                          They might be my least favorite type of people---those who do not take responsibility for their actions and expect others to bail them out, pardon the pun.  These types don't get the time of day from me and steer clear if I sense what they're up to.