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

Friday, June 14, 2019

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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.


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