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St Catherine woman loses appeal to recover US$1.3m from government

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 11:04 AMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal brought by St Catherine resident Delores Miller who was seeking to recover US$1.3 million from the government-owned Assets Recovery Agency.

In handing down its ruling this morning, the Court of Appeal said the decision of the Supreme Court is affirmed.

Cost was awarded against Miller.

Following the court’s ruling, Miller indicated that she intends to take the matter to the Privy Council.

The money was found in a freezer at Miller's house in Portmore during a police raid at the premises in 2007.

Following an application by the Assets Recovery Agency, the Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that the money must be forfeited under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

In handing down his decision, Justice Donald McIntosh (now retired) said the evidence indicated that Miller's two sons, who lived in the United States, were both involved in the illegal drug trade.

She later filed an appeal challenging the decision.