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JUTC driver charged with embezzling over $800

Tuesday, August 05, 2014    

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A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) driver who reportedly tried to siphon off $800 from the day's earnings told the police that "bad luck worse than obeah" when he was caught.

Fifty-six-year-old Milton Reid of Linstead, St Catherine, was reportedly busted by officers from the JUTC's Revenue Protection Department and the police with the money, which he claimed was left-over change from passengers.

According to police reports, on July 7, Reid was on duty in a bus at South Parade in downtown Kingston. The vehicle was placed under surveillance after the police and JUTC revenue personnel were notified of illegal activities on the bus.

While en route to Portmore in St Catherine, the bus was intercepted at Caymanas in St Catherine and passengers were searched. During the search, three passengers were found with tickets that were earlier used and told the police that it was Reid who sold them the tickets.

The ticket machine was reportedly checked and showed that bus fares to the amount of $9,700 were collected but Reid was found with $10,500, which he could not satisfactorily account for.

"A people change me ave and dem left them," he reportedly told the police when he was asked about the extra funds.

It is also reported that he said, "Bad luck worse than obeah" when he was being cautioned by the arresting officer, Detective Corporal Kirk Roache.

He was subsequently charged with embezzlement but was released on station bail.

On July 28 when he appeared in court, the matter was postponed to August 19 at the request of his lawyer, Hugh Wildman, who was absent.

Reid's bail was then extended.

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