Manchester fraud trial resumes today

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Manchester fraud trial resumes today

Monday, October 07, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Answers will be sought as to why two photo copied documents do not have identical information, as hearing resumes here today in the multi-million Municipal Corporation fraud trial at the Manchester Parish Court.

When the court last sat on Wednesday in Porus, presiding judge Ann Marie Grainger had indicated that the attendance of the chief investigator may be required to assist the court, as there seemed no explanation for a difference in the sequence of numbering in documents copied from the same source.

It was discovered during the defence's cross examination that the numbering of items in one photo copied document held by attorney-at-law Samoi Campbell, was different from that of the other in the hands of expert witness, ex-police constable Andrew Anderson, former digital forensic examiner with the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

Defence counsel Norman Godfrey requested that the discrepancy receive the court's attention.

More witnesses are scheduled to take the stand, as the court reconvenes after a two-day break.

More than 30 witnesses have testified since the high-profile trial began four months ago in the Manchester Parish Court before judge Grainger. Eight persons are charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy to defraud the Manchester Municipal Corporation of some $400 million.

Those on trial are former senior personnel of the Corporation, Sanja Elliott, deputy superintendent of road and works; David Harris, director of finance and Kendale Roberts, works overseer.

The other defendants are Elliott's wife and his parents, Tasha Gay Elliott and Edwardo and Myrtle Elliott; Radcliffe McLean, former senior staff member of a commercial bank and an employee of Sanja Elliott, Dwayne Sibblies.

Jonathan Morrison

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