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More charges to come in Manchester PC probe

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 7:58 AM

Investigators at the Major Organised and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) have indicated they are on the verge of bringing more charges in relation to fraudulent activities at the Manchester Parish Council.

The police have already charged two people following their probe of the council, which they say has uncovered fraud amounting to $9.2 million so far.

The police say a third person is to be charged in relation to the case.

They also say more charges are to be laid against deputy superintendent of Roads and Works at the Manchester Parish Council Sanja Elliott and 27-year-old Mandeville carpenter, Dwayne Sibbles next Wednesday.

The two are scheduled to return to court that day having already been charged with conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretences and forgery.

They were each granted bail in the sum of $3.5 million over the objection of police investigators and prosecutors.

Elliott and Sibbles were arrested during a series of coordinated raids at several locations in Clarendon and Manchester, including the parish council offices in both parishes.

Prosecutors say 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.