16 Oct 2018
AP — A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than $5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison.
Lavrick Willocks, 29, operated the scam out of a Jamaica mansion where he lived with his mother, Dahlia Hunter, prosecutors said.
They eventually charged 27 people and identified victims in at least five states: North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and Arizona. Authorities said one of the victims died by suicide.
All the defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted, and most have been sentenced, including Hunter, who was sentenced last week to about 1 ½ years of time served.
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