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Tax Administration cashier pleads guilty to charges under Cybercrimes Act

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 3:20 PM

Claudine Morgan, a cashier at Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) pleaded guilty in the St James Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to charges under the Cybercrimes Act.

Morgan was assigned to cashier duties at the Firearm Licensing Authority‘s Montego Bay office and while doing so used a ‘skimming’ device to capture data from debit cards presented to her by persons paying for firearm licences, according to a release from the Revenue Protection Division (RPD). 

Investigations revealed that information obtained in this manner was passed on to persons unknown, and those customers were subsequently defrauded of money by way of withdrawals from ATMs.

She was arrested and charged in September 2013 by the RPD after intensive investigations.

Morgan was initially charged with conspiracy to defraud, simple larceny, breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions)(Special Provisions) Act 2013 and Sections 3(1) and 8 (1) of the Cybercrimes Act. 

The RPD said the charges against Morgan under the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions)(Special Provisions) Act 2013 are still before the court and are set for mention on May 25, the same date on which she will be sentenced.