The group included an ex-policeman and a mother and her son. They were extradited by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in March following a hearing in which the accused scammers sought to challenge the extradition request of the US Government. The group includes: Alrick McLeod, Dahlia Hunter (mother), Karae Gray (son), Jason Jahalal (ex-police), O’Neil Brown, Dario Palmer, Kimberly Hudson, Xanu Ann Morgan.
Authorities allege the sophisticated scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million. Fifteen people each are charged with 66 total counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. They are accused of calling victims, persuading them to send money, and wiring the money to bank accounts in Jamaica. Authorities have dubbed the case “Operation Hard Copy,” a reference to lists of prospective victims’ contact information used by scammers. – US News
Prosecutors say Lavrick Willocks masterminded the scam and operated it out of a mansion where he lived with his mother, Dahlia Hunter. They say others handled such duties as making scam phone calls and handling money. Some allegedly allowed their bank accounts to be used for the scheme.
Willocks pleaded not guilty in January.
The eight suspects made their initial appearance today, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota.
The US authorities boast a 100% conviction rate for Jamaican scammers and say they are confident these will spend “decades in jail.”
The authorities also highlighted the fact that this was just the beginning. They claimed that they have between 3000 to 5000 scammers under investigation.
Scamming has fast become one of the most popular ways for the deviant young to make money in Jamaica. They have perfected several ways of getting gullible Americans to send money for different scams. Now it seems thousands will face long prison terms over the next few years.
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