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Accused mastermind behind elaborate extortion ring allegedly had help from prison workers

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:57 PM

It is being alleged that the accused mastermind behind the extortion ring targeting business operators in central Jamaica had help from workers at the prison where he is being held.

Kenric White, who is currently serving a 12 year sentence at the Horizon Remand Centre, is charged with six counts of Extortion and six counts of Conspiracy to Extort, when he appeared in court.

The Allegations against him are that he was influential in having the extortion letters prepared and distributed.

He is also believed to have instilled fear in one of the co-accused and members of her family, through text and social media messages, stating they would be killed if there was non-compliance.

Today, when Judge Desiree Alleyne questioned how he was able to access devices for communication, while incarcerated, the prosecution revealed that White has inside help from workers of the security facility.

The prosecution requested his relocation.

However, the judge explained that the commissioner of police and the commissioner of corrections would need to be contacted for this to be done.

In his defence, White told the judge that there are two cameras in front of his cell which record his every move and would make it impossible for him to carry out the crime for which he has been accused.

He is set to return to court on Wednesday, May 3.