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Jephthah Ford returns to court on June 20

Monday, May 12, 2014    

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PROMINENT medical doctor Jephthah Ford, who was recently charged over allegations that he attempted to bribe a policeman, is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on June 20.

The Corporate Area doctor was arrested and charged last month with attempting to pervert the course of justice following allegations that he was captured on camera offering to give a policeman 40 per cent of nearly $60-million that was seized from two Surinamese nationals.

However, on Friday when he appeared in court, the prosecutor asked for the matter to be rescheduled for mention in order to collect the telephone data and the subscribers permission.

As a result, Ford's $1-million bail was extended by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey.

According to the police, on April 7 police intercepted a motor vehicle with the foreigners, Roshen Daniels and Murvin Reingould, on Half-Way-Tree Road in Kingston.

The vehicle was searched and more than US$500,000 and J$1.3 million were seized.

The men were later taken to their apartment where the police seized an additional US$3,000, J$700 and 55 Surinamese dollars.

The men allegedly told the police that they received instructions from an unknown caller to pick up the money at the hotel and to deliver it to someone they did not know.

They were subsequently charged with possession of criminal property and conspiracy to possess criminal property but were freed of the charges when they appeared in court on April 15.

However, it is alleged that while they were in custody Dr Ford contacted a police officer and asked for a meeting to discuss the case.

It is further alleged that the police officer, who was wearing a covert video and audio camera, met with the doctor, who asked that the case against the men be dismissed and the confiscated money returned.

It is alleged that Dr Ford first offered to give the policeman 25 per cent of the money, but later agreed to give him 40 per cent of the sum.

— Tanesha Mundle

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