BISMARCK, N. D. – The last defendant set for trial in a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam to be prosecuted in the united states is looking for evidence suppressed.
Melinda Bulgin, of Providence, Rhode Island, retains her rights were violated when the authorities questioned her in Jamaica in May 2015 and in Rhode Island in July of that year.
“All statements, admissions, confessions, letters, messages, and other evidence directly relating to the illegal interrogation must be suppressed,” lawyer Kevin Chapman said in court documents.
The prosecutors have not yet responded to the defense of the movement. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Jan. 22.
That was the day Bulgin the trial was to begin, but both the defence and the prosecutor has asked that it be postponed. The government, which calls Bulgin “not a small player” in the alleged scam, provides a 10-day trial with about 50 witnesses, according to the Assistant-Procurator of the V. S. Clare Hochhalter.
The prosecutors believe that the case is to be the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam prosecuted in the US. the suspects are accused of calling victims of the fake lottery win, to persuade them to send upfront costs to receive the supposed profit, then keep the money without paying anything to the victims.
The scheme began to unravel when a woman in North Dakota lost her life savings of more than $300,000 in 2011. At least 90 Americans lost a total of more than $5.7 million, authorities say.
A federal investigation resulted in against 27 people, including a block of 12 defendants, who previously pleaded guilty or were convicted.
Of the current block of 15 suspects are still being prosecuted, two remain refugees in Jamaica. Twelve others have pleaded guilty or reached plea deals with prosecutors, including five this month. Bulgin is the only one arrested who are still fighting dozens of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering charges.
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