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Alleged conman arrested after collecting money to buy guns for cops

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 9:41 PM

A Kingston man is now in police custody for allegedly defrauding two policemen after he collected money from them to buy firearms but failed to deliver.

It's reported that in 2012, the man, who reportedly had a close working relationship with the police collected money from the two cops to procure the private firearms at "concessionary rates".

He reportedly told them that he had dealings with a private Corporate Area gun shop and had "links" with the Firearm Licensing Authority, the Finance Ministry and the National Security Ministry.

However, after the money was paid over, the man, said to be in his 50s, disappeared.

Head of the East Kingston police, Superintendent Arthur Brown says the man was taken into custody over the weekend.

However, he declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, offering only that the man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to defraud members of the constabulary.

In the meantime, it is understood that although only two cops have so far come forward to give statements, other cops might have also been defrauded by the man.