Elderly man sentenced in wide-ranging Jamaican lottery scam

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Posted: Jun 02, 2016 1:25 PM

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An elderly man from Kentucky who allegedly joined a Jamaican lottery scam after he was victimized himself has been sentenced to time served and ordered to help pay back more than $5 million in losses to other victims.

Seventy-four-year-old James Simpson pleaded guilty in September 2014 to a conspiracy charge. Authorities say he opened individual bank accounts, deposited money and transferred funds on orders from scam leader Lavrick Willocks.

Simpson is confined to a hospital bed and did not appear at Thursday's hearing.

The case came to light when an elderly North Dakota woman had her savings wiped out by the scam. The victims included a couple from South Dakota and people from several other states.

Willocks is one of six fugitives in the case who has not been located.