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Mother and aunt of JTA fraud accused challenge JTA multimillion-dollar suit

Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 9:22 AM

The mother and aunt of the former Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) employee who is accused of stealing millions from the union are challenging an order which has frozen their assets.



The women are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the JTA against former account clerk Marlon Francis.



The application is set to be heard on November 12.



The Supreme Court has extended the injunction granted to the JTA barring Francis and the other defendants from disposing of their assets to November 12.



On September 5, the JTA obtained the interim injunction which put a freeze on the assets of Francis and the other defendants.



Francis is being accused of defrauding the JTA of more than $100 million.



It is being alleged that assets belonging to the former employee are in the names of his mother and aunt.



The JTA is seeking to recover the approximately $100 million.



Last August, detectives from the Fraud Squad have named Francis of Carr Hill, Rock Hall in St Andrew as a person of interest in relation to the fraud.



Notices were sent out for him to report to the Fraud Squad, preferably with a lawyer, but he did not respond.



It is reported that the fraud involved the preparation of fictitious invoices for work allegedly carried out by companies.



However, no services were provided.



The signatures of senior officials of the JTA were forged and manager’s cheques prepared and lodged into various accounts.



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