Digicel fraud accused gets bail extension

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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PHILPOTT Martin, computer specialist and computer programmer accused of stealing $30 million in call credit from telecoms giant Digicel, had his bail extended when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.


Martin's bail was extended until October 4 after the court was informed that the clerk was awaiting instructions from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case.


It is alleged that Martin, who is being represented by attorney Chris Tavares-Finson had gained access to Digicel's system by way of another company to which he was employed. Martin is said to have transferred the calling credit to other sim cards.


Martin was held at his Oakland Apartments home off Constant Spring Road in St Andrew in 2009 following a two-year investigation by detectives at the Organised Crime Investigation Division. Computers, seven cellphones, financial records, documents and other items of furniture were also seized.


The investigation which led to Martin's arrest was set in train by complaints from businesses and individuals whose computer networks were compromised through network intrusion, data interception, data and identity theft, according to the police.


Martin, 29, is facing three counts of simple larceny and one count of conspiracy to defraud.


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