Brady charged with fraud

Brady to appear in court today

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 05, 2015





NOTED attorney and senior member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Harold Brady spent last night behind bars after he was arrested yesterday by detectives from the fraud unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC).


Police report that Brady was charged with fraudulent conversion in connection with the sale of property of a local businessman.


"He has been charged with fraud in relation to the sale of a property for Mr Jeffery Panton," attorney-at-law Raymond Clough, who is representing Brady, told the Jamaica Observer.


He made the comment some two hours after Brady turned up at the Fraud Squad offices on Duke Street and was questioned at length by detectives.


Clough, who arrived with attorney-atlaw Abe Dabdoub, said the police are alleging that Brady received the purchase price for the property but has not turned over all the money. He said Brady is denying the claim. "My client is saying that Mr Jeffery Panton asked him to convert the money to US.


He has paid a substantial part and, in fact, the balance of the money he has converted it, but the US dollars came in and was being held by the bank and it has not been released yet," Clough told journalists outside the Fraud Squad.


Yesterday, police said Brady will appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today to answer to the charge.


His attorneys are expected to apply for bail. Following the development, the JLP in a release advised that Brady has taken leave from all party activities until his legal matters are settled.


"As this is a legal issue, the Jamaica Labour Party will have no further comment on this matter," the statement from the JLP stated.


Brady chairs the JLP’s Legal and Constitutional Committee and is a member of party’s Standing Committee and Central Executive.

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