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Attorneys' arrest spark increase in complaints - police

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 5:18 AM

The Police Fraud Squad says the arrests of several attorneys in recent weeks have triggered an increase in the number of persons coming forward with claims of impropriety against members of the legal profession.

As a result, head of the Fraud Squad Superintendent Anthony McLaughlin says a number of attorneys are now being investigated by the police.

However, McLaughlin declined to say whether the police are close to filing criminal charges against any of them.

Prominent criminal defense attorney Miguel Lorne became the first of several high-profile attorneys to be slapped with fraud charges when he was arrested in March.

Since then nine other attorneys, including Harold Brady, Patrick Bailey, Don Foote and Debbie-Ann Samuels, have been arrested by the Fraud Squad.

McLaughlin says since then his unit has been receiving numerous complaints from persons in Jamaica, as well as from Jamaicans in the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom about alleged impropriety by attorneys practicing locally.