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Pastor and car dealer convicted after conducting $1.1m cash transaction

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 10:52 PM

A Westmoreland pastor and a car dealer accused of conducting a $1.1 million cash transaction have been convicted of breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

The police say 44-year-old Pastor Ray Foster pleaded guilty in the Montego Bay Residents Magistrates Court today.

The pastor and his co accused 60-year-old Oswald Spence, businessman of Claude Clarke Avenue in St James and owner of a car dealership in Montego Bay, St James are to be sentenced on November 30.

The pastor, who heads a congregation on Cooke Street, Savanna-la-Mar and his co accused were arrested and charged with breaches under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) on September 18 and September 23 respectively.

Reports from the Westmoreland Proactive Intelligence Unit (PIU) are that on September 18 a raid was carried out at the home of Foster where two receipts were found showing a transaction for the purchase of a 2010 Toyota Yaris motor car amounting to $1.1 million from Spence.

Further investigations by the unit led to an operation on September 23 where a raid was carried out at Spence’s business place where a receipt book was found with the carbon copies of the receipts found at Foster’s home. 

Foster and Spence were subsequently arrested and charged for breaching Section 101A of the POCA with a cash transaction in excess of $1 million.

Spence pleaded guilty for breaches of the POCA in the Montego Bay Residents Magistrates Court on October 7.