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Manchester Parish Council officer, carpenter charged in 'grand fraud' probe

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 4:08 PM
Sanja Elliott, 31, and Dwayne Sibblies, 27, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretense and forgery.

The deputy superintendent of Roads and Works at the Manchester Parish Council, 31-year-old Sanja Elliott and 27-year-old Mandeville carpenter, Dwayne Sibblies, have been charged with several offences in a major corruption probe.

Elliott and Sibblies have been charged with conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretense and forgery. 

They will be taken before the Corporate Area Court tomorrow.

The men were arrested during Friday’s fraud and anti-corruption operation in central Jamaica.

The pre-dawn activities were undertaken by the Office of the Contractor General, the Financial Investigation Division and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

MOCA says Elliott, other senior employees of the Manchester Parish Council and their associates were involved in a grand conspiracy and fraud.

"The allegations are that they used their positions to misappropriate funds from the Parish Council for their own use.  To date, the investigation has revealed that the group corruptly benefited in the sum of multi-millions of dollars," said a MOCA spokesperson in a release.                                      

Meanwhile, MOCA’s director of investigations Senior Superintendent Cleon March said the probe has been widened.

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"In light of this we will continue with our partners to pursue the evidence where ever it leads,” he said.

At the same time, deputy director general of MOCA, Assistant Commissioner Selvin Hay says the actions of the agency and its partners are in no way influenced by politics.

He says there are the result of ongoing painstaking investigations.

"Throughout the operations MOCA and its partners have been diligent in approach, decisive in action and professional in conduct. We hold true to our mantra that no one is above the law," said Haye.

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