IMF boss Lagarde charged in France graft case

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The International Monetary Fund is again touched by scandal with chief Christine Lagarde's being charged in a French graft case, three years after predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in disgrace. The "negligence" charge against Lagarde Wednesday in a case dating back ... Read more


Lottery scam accused fails to show in court; bench warrant issued for arrest

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, May 07, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!

THE court yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Westmoreland resident Oshaine Rankine, who failed to show up in court yesterday to answer to charges relating to the lottery scam.

Rankine, along with entertainer Leroy Russell, better known as Tommy Lee Sparta, Shanice James of Flankers district in St James, Sabrina Williams and O'Brien Smith, both of Brompton Road, Kingston 5, were arrested in February and charged with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, following the alleged discovery of paraphernalia related to lottery.

Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey issued the bench warrant in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court after Rankine's surety, who bailed him in the sum of $500,000, told the court that he was unable to locate Rankine and had not seen him since last Friday.

"We have a serious problem, when people take up the responsibility of bailing people they must understand that it is a big responsibility," RM Pusey told the court.

Attorney Chris Tavares-Finson, who was holding for Rankine's lawyer, asked the magistrate to stay the warrant until the next court date, but the magistrate refused.

RM Pusey said that prosecution normally objects to bail in matters of this nature and that the court cannot stay the warrant as Rankine should be present in court for his hearing.

Rankine's co-accused, however, had their bail extended until May 28.

According to the police, on February 3, members of the New Kingston police were conducting a routine stop and search operation along Knutsford Boulevard when a motorist was accused of breaching the Road Traffic Act. The motorist did not have a driver's licence in his possession and gave a name, which police said turned out to be fictitious.

The driver and two occupants of the motor vehicle were subsequently detained and the lottery scam task force called in following further investigations by the police.

The investigations, police said, led officers to a house on Brompton Road in Kingston where items suspected to be used in the lottery scam were seized.

Rankine, 25, who is from Dalling Street in Westmoreland, is also facing a charge of murder connection with the shooting death of Ramar Cunningham and the wounding of another man in Lilliput, St James, last October.





1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus


Do you think an increase in JUTC bus fares is justified at this time?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon