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Attorney for Carmax director says police ignored tip to detain Ian Lyn

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 5:23 PM

The attorney representing accused fraudster, Darren Blake, today painted a picture of negligence on the part of the police as it relates to another individual who is also a subject of the ongoing Carmax investigation.

Blake, a director at Carmax Jamaica, is charged with fraudulent conversion following reports from several people who allegedly entrusted Blake to sell their motor vehicles but have not received the proceeds.

Attorney-at-law, Raymond Clough, who represents Blake, said he informed the police that alleged co-director of Carmax Jamaica, Ian Lyn was in the island at one point during the investigation.

"When the investigation started, he came back, we met with him… I advised the police that he was in Jamaica and to my surprise he was able to leave," said Clough.

The police have listed Ian Lyn as a person of interest in the fraud probe and are considering to have him extradited from overseas.

Earlier today, bail was again denied for Blake in the Corporate Area Court.

Clough told the court, "Keeping my client for another month will not assist the investigation because we too need to know what happened… His father is here in court, he has been in custody for three weeks and now we have to undergo another four weeks."

Clough also said that Blake's role was merely limited to signing cheques and he was not involved in day to day operations.

He said, "Whenever vehicles are sold by the company (Carmax Jamaica)… Mr. Blake is contacted to simply sign on these cheques so that persons can be paid…"

According to the prosecution, $161 million is owed to the complainants and the figure is rising as the investigation deepens.

Blake is to return to court on May 26 where the matter will again be set for mention.