Wanted ‘Jamaican lottery scammer’ nabbed by police


An accused lottery scammer, wanted by the US authorities, has been apprehended by local police.

The US Embassy, in a post on Twitter congratulated the Jamaica Constabulary Force for apprehending 23-year-old Mario Hines.

Hines, who had been on the run for some time, is wanted in the US for multiple counts of lottery scamming and fraud in a scheme led by Lavrick Willocks.

Prosecutors say the scheme operated by Willocks robbed at least 90 Americans out of more than $5.7 million.

Seven alleged scammers have pleaded guilty, including Willocks’ mother, Dahlia Hunter and his girlfriend, Kimberly Hudson.

The scam began to unravel when a woman in North Dakota lost her life savings of more than $300,000 in 2011. A federal investigation resulted in charges against 27 people, including a current block of 15 suspects who are still being prosecuted in North Dakota.

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