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US fugitive nabbed in Jamaica, sentenced

Friday, December 06, 2013 | 7:59 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Thirty-two-year-old Jermaine Smith of a Brooklyn, New York address in the US, on Thursday plead guilty to five counts of breaches of the Forgery Act and was sentenced to six months in prison on each count when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

Smith, who is accused of racketeering and organised crime in the US, allegedly escaped house arrest in July and fled to Jamaica.

He was arrested on Thursday, November 28 by detectives from Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) in a joint operation with the Customs Department at a business establishment in Kingston, where he allegedly tendered a forged United States Passport bearing the name Saquan Rasheed Heath.

Smith, whose sentences will run concurrently, is still being investigated by MOCA and their US counterparts in the Department of Homeland Security for his suspected involvement in cyber crimes, racketeering and money laundering.

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