American gets prison time in Jamaica for money laundering

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 35-year-old American was yesterday fined and sentenced to three years in prison for money laundering when he appeared in the St James Parish Court.

He is Dalton Forrester, a resident of Brooklyn, New York.

The police report that on April 9, 2016, Forrester arrived at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, from New York City.

On arrival he was searched and the police say US$101,378 was found hidden in his luggage and on his person.

He was subsequently arrested and charged for money laundering offences by members of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) and the Financial Investigation Division (FID).

Forrester was fined J$705,000 and sentenced to three years in prison — one each for possession of criminal property, bringing into Jamaica criminal property, and cross border movement of funds.

The police say the sentences will run concurrently for one year.

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