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16 now charged in alleged licence scam

Thursday, October 11, 2012    

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THREE men were recently arrested in connection with documents allegedly stolen from the administrative stores at Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).

The arrest of the three from western Jamaica brought to 16 the number of arrests for the alleged theft of blank motor vehicle titles, blank motor vehicle registration certificates, and licence stickers from the tax department, which has since seen a major investigation by the Revenue Protection Division in collaboration with the police.

One of the three, a 26-year-old bartender, has been charged with uttering forged documents, possession of forged documents and conspiracy to defraud. The second is a Jamaican with a United Kingdom address, and the other was held during a routine traffic stop after he was allegedly found in possession of a driver's licence bearing the serial number of items missing from the TAJ stores.

The TAJ has urged members of the public to be wary of persons offering to license their motor vehicles as they, too, will be liable for prosecution.

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