Parish Judge Vaughn Smith has reserved judgement in the extradition case against the eight members of the Lavrick Willocks network, wanted by US prosecutors for lottery scamming. He will hand down his ruling on March 8.
US prosecutors claimed the eight Jamaicans, including a member of the police force, were money couriers who collected millions of dollars fleeced from Americans in the scam.
The attorneys for the eight say they should be released as the offences of wire and mail fraud are not on the law books of Jamaica. They further argued that the US Government has failed to provide sufficient evidence for their extradition.
Lavrick Willocks, who was extradited last month, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering in a North Dakota court.