Alleged lottery scammers denied bail

April 14, 2016

Bail was once again denied for all eight accused, including a pregnant woman and an ex-policeman, who are facing extradition to the United States in relation to lottery scamming.

All eight suspects appeared in the Parish Court of Kingston and St Andrew before the presiding magistrate, Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey, yesterday.

She told the attorneys representing the accused that she heard nothing that was not said during their last court appearance on the matter.

The accused are Dahlia Hunter, Kazra Grey, Alric McLeod, Kimberly Hudson, Xanu Morgan, Oneil Brown, Dario Palmer, and Jason Jahalal.

Queens Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson represents Hunter, Grey and McLeod. Hudson, who is eight months pregnant, is represented by Bert Samuels. Philmore Scott represents Jahalal, a former member of Jamaica Constabulary Force, while Brown and Palmer are represented by Christopher Townsend.

When the matter was called up yesterday, attorneys Samuels and Scott made their bail applications, but Pusey said she would give her reasons for denying bail in writing today.

All accused are to return to court on April 28, and disclosure is to be made on or before that date.

Yesterday, details also emerged that Jahalal was held in 2014 for lottery scamming while he was an active member of the JCF, and that he had been indicted in US court documents, but he was not suspended from the force in Jamaica.

Hudson, who is expected to give birth in another two weeks, is to be closely monitored while she remains in lock-up.

- A.W.

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