The Revenue Protection Division (RPD) of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service was successful in two matters in the Corporate Area Parish Court on Monday, January 28, 2019.
In the first case, Steven MING, an employee of the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), who was before the court on charges of Fraudulent Conversion and Embezzlement, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. The charges stemmed from allegations that in 2016 MING collected sums of money from taxpayers in respect of Property Tax on behalf of TAJ and used these sums for his own benefit.
The sum of $215,000.00 was paid by MING to the courts as restitution. He was sentenced to one year's probation.
In the second case, Oshea MONTIQUE, who was arrested by officers of the RPD on February 23, 2018 and charged under the Larceny Act with eight counts of Causing Monies to be Paid Out in a fraud scheme perpetrated against the Ministry of Labour & Social Security (MLSS), and had pleaded guilty on his first court appearance, was similarly sentenced to one year's probation. MONTIQUE is a former bank employee. He has paid $620,000.00 as restitution.
In the same matter, Elvis SIMMS, a former employee of MLSS is to be sentenced on February 26, 2019 for his role in the matter. He pleaded guilty to six counts of Receiving Stolen Property, four counts of Obtaining Money by False Pretence, four counts of Uttering Forged Documents, and one count of Conspiracy to Defraud. He has already been sentenced to six months at Hard Labour, suspended for one year in respect of one charge of Obtaining Money by False Pretence, and has, to date, made restitution amounting to $242,000.00.
George PARNELL, Dwainton WILLIAMS, Renardo WHITE and Rupert RODRIQUES, all former employees of MLSS who were also arrested and charged in the same matter, will have their cases continue on February 7, 2019. Two other accused, Nadine ROBINSON RICKETTS and Roderick BROWN were previously sentenced by the court with BROWN repaying $1.9M to the coffers.
Acting Commissioner of the RPD, Cranston G. Morgan states:
"The RPD will pursue without fear or favour those who would deprive the public purse of much needed revenue. The matter concerning the fraud against the Ministry of Labour and the pensioners is particularly painful as it impacts those among us who, having contributed to nation building in their own way, are now being deprived of their benefits."
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Revenue Protection Division
c/o Communication & Public Relations Unit,
Ministry of Finance & The Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle
Tel: 876-928 – 5141
Toll free: 1- 888 - CALLRPD (225-5773)
Fax: 876-928 - 9648
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