Latest News

US lawyers agree on sentencing range in J'can lottery scam

Friday, June 14, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — Lawyers in the federal case of a Rhode Island woman convicted in North Dakota of funneling lottery scam money between the US and Jamaica have agreed on sentencing recommendations.

A jury last year found Melinda Bulgin guilty of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in a scam that allegedly bilked more than 100 mostly elderly Americans out of US$6 million. The wide-ranging case with more than 30 defendants wound up in North Dakota because that's where the initial identified victim lives.

Court documents show that attorneys have signed off on a sentencing range for Bulgin between 11 and 14 years in prison. She would also pay back more than US$330,000. Sentencing is scheduled July 10.

The ringleader of the scam, Lavrick Willocks, signed a plea agreement and was sentenced last year to six years in prison.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper ´┐Ż email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon