Bismarck, ND – Authorities in North Dakota are reporting that Gareth Billings, 29, has arrived in the United States to face prosecution for financial crimes committed against elderly Americans in a Jamaican based lottery scam.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Hochhalter, Billings is the last of 14 co-defendants extradited from Jamaica in connection to lottery fraud that reportedly bilked more than $5.7 million from at least 90 mostly elderly Americans. Fifteen people are charged from the 2015 indictment in North Dakota as a result of Operation Hard Copy.
Billings was accompanied by members of the Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team;
Detective Corporal Nashema Newell, of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, along with Jamal Thompson, of the U.S. Marshals Service, and Henry Geberth, country attaché for the USMS in Kingston, Jamaica.
Gareth has already made his first appeared before District of North Dakota Magistrate Judge Charles Miller Jr.