$3.5m bail for Manchester Parish Council officer, carpenter in 'grand fraud'
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The deputy superintendent of Roads and Works at the Manchester Parish Council Sanja Elliott and 27-year-old Mandeville carpenter, Dwayne Sibbles, have each been granted bail in the sum of $3.5 million in a 'grand fraud' the police say is at $9.2 million "and counting".
Elliott and Sibbles, who have been charged with conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretense and forgery, were ganted bail despite the objection of police investigators and prosecutors.
"If Mr Elliott and Mr Sibbles are granted bail there is the likelihood that they could interfere with the investigations," prosecutors asserted.
However, the judge would decided to offer them bail.
As part of their bail conditions, both men have been ordered to surrender their travel documents.
Stop orders have also been placed on them and they are required to report to the Mandeville Police Station three times a week.
The case has also been transferred to the Manchester Parish Court.
Elliott and Sibbles were arrested during a series of coordinated raids at several locations in Clarendon and Manchester, including the Manchester Parish Council.
In outlining the allegations against the two men, prosecutors revealed that several cheques, payment vouchers and invoices from the Manchester Parish Council were found during a search of a house they occupied in the community of Knockpatrick.
Prosecutors charged that some of the cheques were made payable to several persons, including Sibbles.
According to prosecutors, some of the persons whose names appeared on the cheques either did no work or were being paid more than the value of the work.