Jamaican authorities have confirmed that a young man, who is said to be one of the major players in the lottery scam activity on the island, is now in police custody.
Milton Lavrick Willock, 27, of Tortuga Drive, Greenwood in Trelawny, is believed to have earned well over a billion dollars from the illicit activity.
According to reports, Willock is accused to have been involved in the lottery scam since he was 21 years old, and has conned US citizens out of some US$8 million or more than JA $1 billion and $33 million.
He was arrested on Saturday, October 5, on an extradition warrant from the United States and is to appear before the court in Kingston on Tuesday.
He was reportedly captured at a hotel in Kingston where he was found hiding in a garden. Police revealed that a search of his hotel room yielded US$10,000, JA$148,000, several electronics devices and jewelry.
Willock is named in a North Dakota indictment that names him as head of a criminal network, which includes Deon-ville Antonio O’Hara, better known as ZJ Wah Wa.
ZJ Wah Wa has since pleaded guilty to telemarketing fraud.
Willock first came to the police’s attention in 2012 because of his lavish lifestyle, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, who heads the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC).
“He lead the typical lifestyle that the scammers display in the St James area where they are showing off their loot. There were the cars, the night life, partying, drinking – flossing as they call it – literally drawing attention to themselves, throwing cash, burning cash sometimes,” Chambers told media reporters.
Despite being a subject of interest for police investigators since 2012, Willock, who is exposed to tertiary level education, managed to elude the cops until he was arrested on the weekend by a joint task force between CTOC and the Major Organised Crime and Anti Corruption Task Force, according to Chambers.