Cop in credit card mess

DC allegedly caught using information from card of murdered American woman

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A district constable assigned to the St James Police Division has been charged with breaches of the Law Reform Fraudulent Transaction Act for allegedly using information from a credit card belonging to 68-year-old Heidi-Ann Muth, the American woman who was murdered in this parish last month.

The accused has been identified as District Constable Floyd Anthony Grizzle.

“A district constable is in custody for usage and attempted usage of Muth's credit card number,” Superintendent Michael Phipps, crime officer for the Area One Police Division, told the Jamaica Observer.

He has, however, ruled out the accused as a suspect in the murder of the American woman.

“We are not looking at him (Grizzle) as a suspect in the murder of the tourist,” the senior investigator pointed out.

The police reported that on Sunday, September 10 residents made the gruesome discovery of Muth's body about 9:30 am on a dirt track in Hatfield Meadows, Ironshore, St James.

Upon the arrival of the police, Muth was found lying face down with multiple stab wounds to her body.

The American was subsequently taken to Cornwall Regional Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead.

At the time, commander of the St James Police Division Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth said investigators were working assiduously to determine the purpose of Muth's visit to the country.

Police have subsequently theorised that the death of the American, who booked into a Spanish-owned hotel in St James after arriving in Jamaica, might have a direct link to the deadly lottery scam.

“We are following some leads and it is strongly suspected that it is as a result of her being a victim of lottery scamming sometime ago,” a senior police officer close to the investigation told the Observer.

The Observer has learnt that Muth was the target of the lottery scam on several occasions, dating as far back as 2013.

Players in the illegal operation, which has been attributed to a large number of murders, have scammed mainly elderly American citizens out of millions of dollars. The players in the illegal activity trick people into believing that they have won prizes in lottery games and have them pay money to collect their 'prizes' which are never delivered.

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