Last fugitive in great Jamaican lottery scam brought to US

BISMARCK, N. D. – The last fugitive captured in Jamaica in a lottery scam targeting the Americans, North Dakota to face the U.S. charges.

A Jamaican counter-terrorism, and the diffuse fear team arrested Gareth Billings in the Caribbean country Jan. 23. He made his first appearance in the U.S. district Court Thursday.

Billings is among a group of 15 suspects are still being prosecuted in what is believed to be the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam tried in AMERICAN courts. Authorities say that at least 90 Americans lost a total of more than $5.7 million.

A federal investigation resulted in conspiracy, fraud and money laundering against 27 people. All have pleaded guilty or been convicted, with the exception of the Work and the other two suspects.

The case being tried in North Dakota because the research began there in 2011.

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