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MOCA charges cop with extortion

Thursday, August 07, 2014    

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GREGORY Dixon, a 34-year-old constable who has been suspended since 2012 for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act was, on Tuesday, arrested and charged by detectives from the Major Organised

Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for extortion following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

In a media release issued yesterday, MOCA reported that on August 3, 2013 Dixon attempted to solicit a sum of $15,000 from a man who had just exited a remittance agency in Montego Bay, St James. When his demand was not met, he allegedly threatened to take the man into custody.

After a second attempt by Dixon to get the money, the man reportedly paid over $10,000, following which a report was made to the then Anti-Corruption Branch. An investigation was launched, and a file submitted to the office of the DPP.

Following a ruling by the DPP, he was arrested and charged.

Dixon appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court where he was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 with surety and was ordered to report to the Barnett Street Police Station three times per week. He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 27.

MOCA said the agency and its partners wish to remind members of the public who may have any information that could assist in any investigation to contact them at 906-6318 or 275-5903 or 1-800-CORRUPT, by e-mail at moca@jcf.gov.jm or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MOCAJamaica or Twitter; @MOCAJamaica.

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