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Third man in $95 million fraud at Manchester Parish Council gets $3m bail

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2016 | 12:52 PM

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer‎

Mandeville, Manchester:
The third man charged in connection with the 'grand fraud' at the Manchester Parish Council has been granted bail in the sum of $3 million.

Kendale Roberts, a temporary overseer at the council  appeared in the Manchester Parish Court this morning on charges of a breach of the Corruption Prevention Act and conspiracy to commit fraud.‎

Roberts who is represented by attorney at law Peter Champaigne has been employed to the parish council since 2008 and is being accused of providing co-accused deputy Superintendent of Roads and Works Sanja Elliott, 31, with people's personal information such as TRNs for the drafting of several payment vouchers, invoices and cheques.

Elliot and ‎a carpenter, 27-year-old Dwayne Sibblies are charged with several offences in the fraud which the police say has now reached $95 million.

This morning the prosecutor revealed that communication between Elliot and Roberts happened via What's App and that the cheques were encashed at the Bank of Nova Scotia.

All three men are scheduled to return to court on November 16.‎

By that time investigators are expected to complete checks on devices and technological gadgets that were seized during recent raids.