Eight members of a criminal organization, who the US State Department accuse of lottery scamming activities, have been ordered extradited from their homeland of Jamaica.Kingston and St Andrew Parish Judge, Vaughn Smith, made the ruling in court on Wednesday.Prosecutors from the US said the Jamaicans were members of a network which was headed by Lavrick Willocks, who was previously extradited to the US.The group reportedly fleeced millions of dollars from US citizens in North Dakota via the lottery scam.Lavrick WillocksThe prosecutors submitted evidence of the accused persons collecting money at a Western Union outlet and tape recordings of them making calls to elderly Americans, who were the primary targets of the scam.The US prosecutors also revealed that a member of the network, who is co-operating with them, will be a key witness in the case against the suspected scammers.Defense attorneys have argued that their clients should be released as the offences of wire and mail fraud are not on the law books in Jamaica.Under the Extradition Treaty, the offence for which the accused are wanted in the US should be similar to crimes in Jamaica.However, the judge said Section 3 and 35 of the Larceny Act capture the offences of mail and wire fraud.Willocks and his cronies were collared last year during an operation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC).Willocks was extradited last month after he agreed not to challenge an extradition request.
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