Lottery scam suspect arrested after one year on run

Friday, August 18, 2017

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NORTH DAKOTA, United States (AP) — Authorities have caught another suspect in a Jamaican lottery scam that bilked mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars.

Akil Gray is among 15 suspects charged in US District Court in North Dakota with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say he was recently apprehended in Jamaica after being on the run for more than a year.

Authorities say at least 90 people lost a total of more than US$5.7 million to the scam, including a North Dakota woman who lost her life savings.

The man who authorities say masterminded the scheme pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month. Another suspect is scheduled to plead guilty in October.

Nine suspects who have pleaded not guilty are awaiting trial. Another suspect is still in Jamaica awaiting extradition, and two others remain fugitives.

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