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Bail extended for Manchester Parish Council officer, co-accused in 'grand fraud'

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2016 | 5:22 PM
Sanjay Elliot (left) and another man decend the steps of the Manchester Parish Court today - Tamara Bailey Photo

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:
The Manchester Parish Court  has extended bail for the deputy superintendent of Roads and Works at the Manchester Parish Council, Sanjay Elliott and his co-conspirator Dwayne Sibbles charged in the 'grand fraud' probe at the council.

Elliott and Sibbles appeared in court this morning where the matter was mentioned.

They are to return on July 27.

Elliott, 31, is on bail in the sum of $3.5 million.

This morning, the court reduced the bail for Sibbles, 27, from $3.5 million to $1.5.

He is to report to the police station three times per week and surrender his travel documents and has been precluded from speaking to or conducting any business with the Parish council.  

The two were charged following an operation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) in June.

READ: Manchester Parish Council officer, carpenter charged in 'grand fraud'

As part of the operations, the Manchester Parish Council offices were raided as well as a house belonging to Elliot in Daley’s Grove in the parish where a number of items including; invoices, cheques, phones and laptops were seized.

In court today, investigations signalled that Elliott, in his capacity at the council, prepared payment vouchers and had them authorised.

The cheques found in his possession, were reportedly made out for work either not done by the council or already done and paid for.

It was further alleged that Elliott made out cheques to persons who were never employed to the parish council, had them encash the cheques and then handover the monies to him.

READ: 'Grand fraud' at parish council reaches 9.2 million and counting

Sibbles who is employed by Elliott as a caretaker and lives on his property was implicated as conspirator and found to be in possession of several cheque stubs and payment vouchers signed off by Elliott in the sum of approximately $1. 2 million.

The Crown says it has received statements from witnesses admitting to encashing cheques made out to them on several occasions for the monies to be handed over to Elliott.

The prosecution's file is, however, still incomplete as critical analysis from the Cyber Crimes Unit are outstanding.

But the crown says there is enough evidence to proceed with the case.

Elliott’s Lawyer revealed that there are items including Laptop and cell phones belonging his client’s wife which were unnecessarily seized and pleaded with the crown to have them returned as soon as possible.