Federal officials work to extradite alleged lottery scammers

Dec 26, 2015 2:43 PM by News Staff

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in North Dakota say they're making headway on extraditing one of the leaders in a Jamaican lottery scam that bilked more than 70 mostly elderly people out of more than $5.6 million.

Lavrick Willocks is facing numerous charges in federal court, but authorities say he's living in Jamaica and building a third story onto this mansion. Prosecutors are seeking approval to move Willocks and 13 other defendants to the United States to answer charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Hochhalter says he expects movement on some defendants in early 2016.

Another alleged leader of the scam, Sanjay Williams, was arrested in 2013 in North Carolina and did not have to be extradited. He was convicted by a North Dakota jury in May and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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