Disc jockey ZJ Wah Wa is to change his plea to guilty when
he returns to Federal District Court in North Dakota on September 25.
Deon-ville “ZJ Wah Wa” O’Hara, is charged with
conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money
laundering conspiracy. He pleaded “not guilty on all charges” when he
first appeared in court in June.
“We entered into a written plea agreement with Mr O’Hara. It was filed
September 10 in Bismarck (capital of North Dakota).
This means he would
waive his right to a jury trial and plead guilty,” Clare Hocchalter,
federal prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney, told the source.
Hocchalter said four other persons connected with the case pleaded
guilty at their court hearing this week.
They are Americans Mikael
Gillette, 24, Charles Bauder, 54, Shannon O’Connor, 30, and James
Wah Wa is one of 26 people (16 Jamaicans) arrested as part of the ring.
He is detained at the Heart of America Dentention Centre in Rugby, North
Wah Wa, 24, was employed to radio station Zip 103 FM. He was arrested by
American law enforcement during a visit to Florida in May. Allegations
are he assisted in running a lottery scam in Jamaica that induced
American citizens to send millions of dollars for ‘lottery winnings’.
The disc jock is said to have acted as a courier to transport monies
from the United States to Jamaica.
Wah Wa was stopped by Jamaican customs officials at the Sangster
International Airport with US$105,000 alleged to be proceeds of the
scam. If convicted, ZJ Wah Wa faces a maximum 30-year imprisonment per
count, a possible fine, mandatory restitution, and possible forfeiture
At least 10 people over age 55 were allegedly scammed.
Press reported that one of the victims is an 83-year-old North Dakota
woman who sent seven cheques amounting to US$158,000 after being
promised US$19 million in winnings, and a South Dakota man who sent a
US$14,000-cheque after being promised US$3.5 million and a