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Judge awards US$ 92,657.00 Forfeited to the Crown

The Financial Investigations Division, of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service successfully secured the forfeiture of US$92,657.00 and TT$11.00  following  the seizure of the cash at the Norman Manley International Airport, from Mrs. Dorrette Reynolds in May 2011, when she was about to board a flight to Trinidad and Tobago.

On Tuesday, December 6, by Her Honour Ms. Llyle Armstrong, ruled that based on the evidence and proceedings at trial, that the cash was unlawfully obtained or intended for use in unlawful conduct, and ordered the forfeiture of the cash and interest thereon to the Crown.  In this case, apart from making a false declaration to airport officials, the defendant was found to have a suitcase with false compartments, containing 14 parcels of cash wrapped in plastic, that she denied having any knowledge of. The Division relied heavily on the assistance of the JCF’s Narcotics Division who carried out the intial seizure and provided cogent evidence to the court.

On the same day, the learned judge also ruled in favour of the Division in another matter where she ordered the forfeiture of USD11,950 plus interest accrued thereon. This case involved the seizure of cash in July 2010 from Kingston-based businessman Constantine Tucker at the Norman Manley Airport. The Court found that on a balance of probabilities and given the failure of Mr. Tucker to properly and truthfully account for these funds in any convincing way, that the funds were unlawfully obtained or connected to unlawful conduct.

The Financial Investigation Division under its mantra, 'taking the profit out of crime', with the support of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and other partner agencies, continues to prosecute matters under the special provisions of the Proceeds of Crimes Act to move against persons suspected of dealing with proceeds of crime.

Robin Sykes, Chief Technical Director lauded the efforts of the FID investigative and legal teams and their partner law enforcement agencies. He pointed out that whilst cash seizure matters can appear to be simple in nature, it takes persistence, dedication and attention to detail to press them to conclusion successfully, especially where it takes several years for the matters to be concluded in the courts. Using these provisions can hit offenders where it hurts most, namely in the wallet or pocketbook.

It should be noted that Jamaica is a member of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), which is an organisation of states and territories of the Caribbean basin which have agreed to implement common counter-measures against money laundering, terrorism financing and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) through the Financial Investigation Division, the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Major Organized Crime Agency (MOCA); as well as other agencies and departments continues to identify and implement measures to bolster Jamaica's fight against financial crimes.

Jamaica is a member of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), which is an organisation of states and territories of the Caribbean basin which have agreed to implement common counter-measures against money laundering, terrorism financing and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) through the Financial Investigation Division, the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Major Organized Crime Agency (MOCA); as well as other agencies and departments continues to identify and implement measures to bolster Jamaica's fight against financial crimes.

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December 9,  2016

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