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JPs arrested on conspiracy to defraud charges

Friday, February 07, 2014    

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THREE justices of the peace were yesterday hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on allegations that they attested to knowing individuals with fake identities.

The accused — 44-year-old businessman John Henry of Avon Park in St Catherine; Roy Stevenson, 54, a farmer; and

67-year-old draftsman Dennis Fitzgerald, both of Kingston addresses — have been charged with conspiracy to defraud and false declaration.

According to the police, on different days the JPs conspired with individuals to defraud the Supreme Court by endorsing numerous documents declaring that they knew the individuals who had fictitious names.

Stevenson reportedly signed a Form 2 document and certified a passport-sized photograph for Khamali Thomas, while Dennis reportedly did a recommendation for Vivienne Cole-Christie.

Henry is accused of signing the Form 2 and a proclamation form for Cole-Christie in another name.

It is reported that the accused were helping Thomas and Cole-Christie to secure bail for an accused man who is before the Supreme Court.

Thomas and Cole-Christie were also arrested and charged but yesterday when the case was mentioned only the three JPs were present in court. As a result, the matter was rescheduled for March 21. The bail of each of the JPs was then extended.

— Tanesha Mundle

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