Fake cop tricks motorist out of his money

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, February 08, 2015

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A man who reportedly impersonated a police inspector and collected $6,000 from a motorist in order not to seize his vehicle was last Thursday denied bail by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey in the St Andrew Resident Magistrate's Court.

"I am exercising my right to protect him from himself. He comes here all the time ... him notorious," RM Pusey told attorney CJ Mitchell who had applied for bail for the accused, Derrick Thompson.

Prior to the bail application, the prosecutor alleged that Thompson pretended that he was a police inspector and stopped several motorists on the road and collected money from them in exchange for not seizing their vehicles.

According to the prosecutor, Thompson committed the offence while he was on bail for fraud. However, the prosecutor said that the police had so far collected only one statement and were awaiting another.

In that case, allegations are that on January 6, around 5:45 pm the complainant was driving his Honda CRV motor car along King Street, downtown Kingston. On reaching the intersection with North Street, Thompson reportedly signalled him to stop and he complied.

Further reports said that Thompson identified himself as a police officer and pointed out several road traffic breaches that the complainant had committed, among them driving with a broken brake light and driving an unlicensed vehicle.

Thompson then reportedly solicited $10,000 from the complainant to avoid seizure of his vehicle, but the complainant agreed to pay him only $6,000.

The complainant reportedly drove to a nearby Automated Teller Machine, with Thompson following closely behind and after the complainant withdrew the money, Thompson reportedly collected it and drove off.

A report was later made to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and an investigation was launched into the matter, resulting in Thompson's arrest and charge with obtaining money by false pretence and impersonating the police.

Thompson is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday, February 11.

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