Jamaica extradites first lottery scam suspect to US on charges he defrauded elderly Americans

A Jamaican man has been extradited from the Caribbean island to Florida on charges that he was involved in a lottery scam ring that defrauded elderly Americans.

The U.S. Justice Department identified the suspect as Damion Bryan Barrett. He is charged with multiple counts of wire fraud.

His Thursday extradition to Opa-Locka, Florida, makes him the first Jamaican lottery scam suspect to be extradited from Jamaica to the U.S.

Barrett is due to appear in a Fort Lauderdale court this week. If convicted at trial, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Last year, co-defendant Oneike Barnett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wife fraud. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay nearly $100,000 in restitution.