Revenue Protection Division (RPD)
December 14, 2020
Dexter Lodge, a Farmer of Red Ground St. Elizabeth, was on Thursday, December 10, sentenced in the St. Elizabeth Parish Court, to two (2) years imprisonment at Hard Labour suspended for two (2) years by Her Honour Mrs. Ann Marie Granger. In her summation, the judge outlined that Mr Lodge’s action was frowned upon by the Court, but there were mitigating circumstances which were considered in imposing the sentence, one of which was the fact that the accused had pleaded guilty in the first instance.
The allegations were that on May 30, 2017, another person successfully sat the written driver’s licence examination at the Spanish Town Road Examination Depot in Lodge’s name. This led to the issuing of a driver’s licence by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) in the name of Dexter Anthony Lodge. This licence bore Lodge’s image.
The discrepancy was discovered and Lodge was located and questioned by the RPD in the presence of his attorney on August 26, 2020. He was subsequently charged and had his first court hearing on September 9, 2020.
On October 16, 2020, Dexter Lodge pleaded guilty to Obtaining Goods by Forged Documents, contrary to Section 10 of the Forgery Act.
In another matter, Jamie Rose, a 29 year old male of a Kellits District Clarendon address, on November 18, pleaded guilty to Uttering Forged Documents contrary to Section 9 of the Forgery Act, in the Clarendon Parish Court.
The allegation was that Rose attended the Chapelton Tax Office on November 3, 2020 and presented a Jamaican Driver’s Licence which was later identified as fraudulent. He was arrested and charged by officers of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) and pleaded guilty on his first appearance in court.
Rose was fined One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) or three (3) months imprisonment by the Parish Judge, His Honour Mr. Dale Staple.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Revenue Protection Division
C/o Communication & Public Relations Unit,
Ministry of Finance & the Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle
RPD - “Protecting the Revenue…Protecting the Future”