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Jamaican disc jockey pleads guilty in lottery scam

October 27, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A prominent Jamaican disc jockey has pleaded guilty for his role in a lottery scam case being tried by federal prosecutors in North Dakota.

Deon-ville O’Hara, also known as ZJ Wah Wa, is among 26 people accused of participating in a scheme that induced elderly people throughout the United States to send millions of dollars to cover fees for lottery winnings.

Authorities say O’Hara traveled to the U.S. to pick up money from victims.

Victims included a North Dakota woman who was promised $19 million in winnings, and a South Dakota man who was told he won $3.5 million and a 2012 Mercedes

O’Hara pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy, which carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 23 in Bismarck.

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