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MOCA to probe PNP campaign money scandal

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 8:44 AM

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is to launch an investigation into the People’s National Party (PNP) campaign money scandal.

Already, the Office of the Contractor General has started a probe into claims that large Chinese firms were required to pay agent fees to PNP operatives, a portion of which would go to the party.

Last night, a high-ranking police officer said as soon as the OCG covered certain ground work, MOCA will begin its investigation.

The PNP has been under increasing scrutiny since the publication of a leaked report of party treasurer Norman Horne.

The report claims that some senior party members pocketed money collected from donors in the 2016 General Election campaign.

The scandal deepened after former transport minister Dr Omar Davies publicly rejected assertions that he collected agent fees from Chinese contractors in Jamaica.

The PNP General Secretary Paul Burke had reportedly claimed at a PNP National Executive Council meeting that the agent fees ranged from one per cent to one point five per cent.

He is also reported as saying the portfolio minister was responsible for selecting agents to whom ‘agent fees’ would be paid by large contractors.