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Cross Roads tax office cashiers on fraud charges granted bail

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 5:25 PM

The four cashiers at the Cross Roads branch of Tax Administration Jamaica who were last week arrested on multiple fraud charges have each been granted bail in the amount of $400,000.

Shana-Kay Simmonds Johnson, 31; Chereka Stewart, 26; Kellian Wright, 25, and Sherine Leslie were offered bail when they made their first appearance in the Corporate Area Parish Court today.

They are each on charges of forgery, larceny, and conspiracy to defraud.

The accused were not required to enter a plea today. However, in making a bail application on behalf of Simmonds Johnson, her attorney Valerie Neita Robertson suggested that the women were used as pawns in a plot to rob the state.

IN PHOTO: MOCA detectives outside the Cross Roads Tax office last week

The defence believes a male accused arrested a week earlier in the same fraud case is the mastermind.

The women, all mothers, wept in the dock as their lawyers made bail applications on their behalf.

They were arrested on January 27 when operatives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and the Revenue Protection Division raided the tax office.

The prosecution says during the operations, several fraudulent cheques amounting to more than a million dollar were seized.

"I understand that at the end of each day, the cheques are collected by a supervisor and equally attributed to the number of cashiers and so the cheque that was attributed to her was not collected by her," said Neita Robertson in reference to her client, Simmonds Johnson.