On Friday June 14, Tamarla Peart, a Cashier at the King Street location of the Tax Administration Jamaica, was sentenced by His Honour Vaughn Smith, in the Corporate Area Parish Court to six (6) months imprisonment at hard labour, or a fine of Eighty Thousand Dollars ($80,000.00). She opted to pay the fine.
The sentence was imposed after the Defendant, having been charged by officers of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD), pleaded guilty to the offence of Larceny as a Servant. She pleaded not guilty to Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and the Crown subsequently withdrew the charge.
In his summation, His Honour stated that while he took into account the Defendant's Attorney's pleas for leniency, that by virtue of her position as a Cashier, the Defendant was placed in a position of trust and this was abused. He also stated that he had a duty to send a message to others who hold similar positions that should they act in a similar manner, that there are serious consequences.
Miss Peart was arrested and charged by officers of the RPD for the offences after it was discovered that she stole two licence discs which had been entrusted to her. She subsequently returned the items.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Revenue Protection Division
c/o Communication & Public Relations Branch,
Ministry of Finance & the Public Service
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