Defendants in Jamaican lottery scam reach plea deals in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) (9/7/2017) - Two more defendants have reached plea agreements with U.S. prosecutors in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million.

Four of the 15 defendants have now reached such deals, including Lavrick Willocks, the man accused of being the kingpin.

Jason Jahalal and Xanu Morgan are the latest to reach deals. A fourth suspect, Alrick McLeod, did so earlier this summer.

Seven more suspects are still scheduled for trial in January, two are in Jamaica awaiting extradition and two remain fugitives.

Jamaican lottery scams have been happening for years, but prosecutors have said no cases of this magnitude have been prosecuted. The case started in North Dakota in 2011 when a woman lost her life savings.

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