Lottery Scam Kingpin Arrested

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A man accused of running a lottery scam targeting elderly U.S. residents has been arrested in Jamaica. The leader of the scam team conned victims out of millions of dollars. The arrest happened on Monday, the 7th of November. Since then he has been taken into custody. 

The leader of the lottery scam team is Lavrick Willocks, age 27. He was hiding in a garden at Kingston hotel before he got arrested by police. There was a woman who tried to help him escape, but she failed and was also arrested. 

Lavrick now faces many charges in U.S. federal court. One of them includes conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering. He isn’t the only one who got caught, however. There are nine other defendants in custody in Jamaica who are going to be extradited back to the U.S. 

“We’re grateful for the recent success of U.S. and Jamaican law enforcement partners. We’re looking forward to bringing these and others to justice in the United States,” said one of the prosecutors in a statement. 

Jamaican lottery scams are well-known and have been around since the late 1990s. The scams have mostly gone under the radar until the Caribbean passed a law in 2013 made it easier to convict and penalize the lottery scammers. 

Lavrick was caught after a special FBI agent by the name of Francis Gasper interviewed a woman who said she was scammed out of $300,000 after she was told that she had won $19 million including a new car. The man told her that all she needed to do to get her winnings was to pay taxes and fees.

Lavrick’s extradition was meant to happen three years ago but he escaped the police raid in March. That raid resulted in 19 arrests. When he was finally captured, they found $10,000 in his room, $148,000 in Jamaican money, and several electronics and devices for scamming victims in the U.S. Along with all that, they also found expensive jewelry. 

Lavricks is expected to appear in court in a week. It isn’t clear whether he has a lawyer yet. One of Lavrick’s past partners got twenty years in prison for committing lottery fraud. 


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