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Two convicted for large cash transaction in Manchester court

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:20 PM

Two people were yesterday convicted in the Manchester Parish Court for breaches of anti-money laundering rules.

They are 32-year-old contractor, Richard Smith, of West End, Negril in Westmoreland and 19-year-old sales representative, Giovannie McKenzie, of a Mandeville, Manchester address.

Both pleaded guilty to conducting a cash transaction in excess of $1 million.

Smith and McKenzie were arrested following lottery scamming operations carried out at a house in Chantilly, Westmoreland where an alleged lottery scammer was taken into custody and a 2010 Honda Stream motorcar seized.

Following the seizure of the motor vehicle, Smith turned up at the Police Station to prove ownership of the vehicle and the breach was discovered.

The carbon copies of the receipts were found at a local car mart in Manchester where McKenzie was the sale representative who facilitated the transaction on June 7. 

Both were arrested and charged on Saturday, July 16.

Smith and McKenzie will return to the Manchester Parish Court for sentencing on October 5.