BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — All of the 13 suspects arrested in what authorities believe is the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam to be prosecuted in the U.S. have now entered pleas in federal court.
Two suspects who had been awaiting extradition in Jamaica were brought to the U.S. earlier this month and entered not guilty pleas in North Dakota, where the case began more than five years ago.
A judge is deciding whether to add them to a list of suspects scheduled for trial in January. That list has been shrinking, as five of the 15 defendants in the case have reached deals with prosecutors to plead guilty. Two suspects remain fugitives.
Authorities allege the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million.