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Medical Associates backs embattled CEO, accuses police of irregular conduct

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 6:36 PM

The Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew is accusing the Jamaica Constabulary Force of irregular conduct in an interview that led to fraud charges being brought against the hospital's chief executive officer, Dr Michael Banbury

On Tuesday, the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch charged Banbury with forgery, uttering a forged document, and conspiracy to defraud.

The charges are linked to an alleged ring to defraud the hospital through a share transfer deal.

The hospital issued a statement today asserting its confidence in its CEO while raising questions about the police investigation. 

Medical Associates says the charges against Banbury are directly connected to a former employee. 

Meanwhile, the hospital is accusing the police of not proceeding with a complaint it made two years ago. 

The police say their investigation which led to the arrest of Banbury involved other board members of the hospital.

According to the hospital, Banbury was carrying out the instructions of the Board and neither he nor the Board obtained any personal benefits from the transaction.

The hospital's management is expressing confidence he will be acquitted when the matter goes to court.