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Update: Senior officer at Morant Bay Examination Depot arrested

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 12:43 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Police have named the two people arrested in a major racket at the Morant Bay Examination Motor Vehicle Depot in St Thomas.

They are Lynden Simpson, senior examiner and Icina Coley, an office attendant.

They were both charged with breaches of the Corruption prevention Act following a joint operation yesterday.

Head of the Traffic Department Radcliffe Lewis said that the two staff members were taken into custody after a police team conducted a surprise raid at the Depot.

"During a more than 12 hour operation several fraudulent documents were seized and two persons arrested," said Lewis.

Reports are that motorists would pay the prescribed fee at the Tax Collectorate and then take the receipt to the examiner who, in turn, would charge a fee to pass defective vehicles and then prepare a new Certificate of Fitness.

Police suspect that the racket involved people from all across the island.

The two will appear before the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on October 24.

Police from the Mobile Reserve, the Revenue Protection Division assisted in the operation.

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