The Financial Investigations Division wishes to report that on February 20, 2020, Samuel Cummings, a Bahamian national, pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court to money laundering and cross border movement of cash offences pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He was sentenced by Parish Judge, Mr. Chester Crooks to a fine of One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars (J$1,300,000.00) or six (6) months imprisonment. Mr. Cummings was charged after he arrived on the island at the Norman Manley International Airport on February 9, 2019, on a flight from the Bahamas. During checks of his luggage, officers from the Jamaica Customs Agency found Thirty Thousand United States Dollars (US$30,000.00) concealed in a false compartment of his luggage. He denied knowledge of the money. He also had on his person, Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy One United States Dollars (US$4,771.00).
The matter was reported to the police and a joint financial investigation was conducted by police officers of the Constabulary Financial Unit, assigned to the Financial Investigations Division and the Jamaica Customs Agency.
Mr. Cummings was subsequently charged with the following offences:
1. Concealment of criminal property
2. Possession of criminal property
3. Cross border movement of cash.
As part of his sentence, the Court ordered the forfeiture of the cash concealed in his luggage and the cash found on his person, which amounted to Thirty-Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seven One United States Dollars (US$34,771.00).
The Chief Technical Director of FID, Mr. Selvin Hay states "the Financial Investigation Division along with its partners across law enforcement entities is committed to taking the profit out of crime and will robustly continue to detect, investigate, and prosecute those persons engaged in laundering the proceeds of criminal activity. This guilty plea signifies the strength of the evidence and testifies to the collaboration taking place daily not only at our ports, but across Jamaica and the region. The legislation and enforcement of Jamaica's Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism is crucial to Jamaica's compliance with its obligations under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations, and the overall strategic objective of protecting Jamaica's financial sector from money laundering".
For further information contact:
Communication & Public Relations Branch
Ministry of Finance and the Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle
Tel: (876) 932-4656/4660/4655
Contact: Elaine Oxamendi Vicet/ Daniel Passley