2 more suspects plead guilty in $5.7M Jamaican lottery scam
Two more suspects have pleaded guilty in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked at least 90 Americans out of more than $5.7 million.
O'Neil Brown and Dahlia Hunter earlier reached plea deals with prosecutors. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy in separate hearings this week. The government dropped dozens of fraud and money laundering counts.
Seven other defendants have pleaded guilty in recent months, including Hunter's son, Lavrick Willocks, who authorities say masterminded th ...
Dec 8, 2017, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Jamaican court goes easy on lottery scammers
There are reports of disquiet among Jamaican law enforcement officials over news that 15 men who pleaded guilty to lottery scam-related charges in the Hanover Circuit Court were sentenced to fines totaling $367,000.
According to information obtained by The Gleaner-Power106 news centre, the men all pleaded guilty to possession of identity information on November 23rd and 24th.
The reports indicate that seven were fined $30,000; five were fined $20,000 while two were fined $25,000.
The ot ...
Dec 4, 2017, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
2 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects brought to US
All of the 13 suspects arrested in what authorities believe is the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam to be prosecuted in the U.S. have now entered pleas in federal court, with more than one-third of them admitting guilt or scheduled to do so.
Authorities say the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million. Two suspects who had been awaiting extradition in Jamaica were brought to the U.S. earlier this month and entered not guilty pleas in federal court ...
Sep 20, 2017, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Retired N.J. police chief scammed 95-year-old victim out of $29K
Former cop was himself scammed and trying to get his money back by joining scammers
A retired New Jersey police chief pleaded no contest this morning to charges that he participated in a scam that cost a 95-year-old Northampton Township, Pennsylvania, man almost $29,000.
Robert Ryan, 71, of Factoryville, PA, told Bucks County President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley that he, too, had lost $30,000 to a Jamaica-based lottery hoax and that his crimes were an attempt to recover his losses.
He see ...
Sep 12, 2017, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery scam ringleader pleads guilty
A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that defrauded dozens of mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and a federal prosecutor says more defendants in the case might do the same.
Lavrick Willocks, 28, reached an agreement with federal prosecutors in North Dakota earlier this month and appeared in court Thursday to enter his plea. Prosecutors dropped 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.
Willocks faces ...
Jul 28, 2017, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. man sentenced in Jamaica-based lottery scheme
A 25-year-old man from Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced on Monday to two years in federal prison for his role in a Jamaica-based lottery fraud scheme.
Jahnoy Davis, 25, pled guilty in federal court in Charlotte in January to one count of money laundering conspiracy.
On April 3, former Charlotte-area mail carrier Antonio Terrell Brown pled guilty to mail theft charges in the scheme. He awaits sentencing.
Court records show Davis recruited people to receive the packages and conspi ...
Apr 26, 2017, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
Alleged Jamaican lottery scam kingpin arrested in Kingston
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 ...
Nov 8, 2016, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery scam drives man to suicide
Includes video report
An ongoing sinister scam continues to cause some victims to lose their entire life savings from thieves operating from a country and an ocean away.
The special Jamaican Organized Crime Task Force is taking on scammers who cost unsuspecting Americans hundreds of millions of dollars each year. They find all the tools of the trade.
Cellphones, cash, and lists of phone numbers are used by suspects. Some go as far as driving a nail through their computers to disable the ...
May 24, 2016, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman admits role in lottery fraud
A Broward County, Florida, woman pleaded guilty Monday to her role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing lottery fraud that targeted seniors in the U.S.
Elizabeth Gonzalez, 25, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, a nurse, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
Her husband, Delroy Drummond, a musician who also goes by the name Top Banga, age 26, has been locked up has been locked up without bond since January. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to ...
May 17, 2016, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
US man pleads guilty to participating in Jamaica-based lottery scam
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a South Florida man has pleaded guilty for his role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing fraud scheme.
Delroy Drummond, 26, of Broward County, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.
Drummond is scheduled to be sentenced on May 31, where he will face a maximum statutory sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
According to documents and information presented in co ...
Mar 15, 2016, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum