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Revenue Protection Division secures first conviction under Cybercrimes Act

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 6:25 PM

The Revenue Protection Division (RPD) of the Ministry of Finance says it has secured its first conviction under the Cybercrimes Act.

In a release this morning the RPD said Tax Administration Jamaica cashier, Claudine Morgan, was convicted on May 29 in the St James Parish Court after being charged in September 2013.

Morgan was accused of using a skimming device to capture data from debit cards presented to her by persons paying for firearm licences at the Montego Bay office of the Firearms Licensing Authority.

She pleaded guilty in court and was fined one hundred thousand dollars or six months' imprisonment at hard labour on the charge of Possession of Data Device.

She was also given six months imprisonment at hard labour, suspended for two years, on the charge of Possession of Identity Information.

The RPD has described the conviction as significant given the increase in reports of cybercrimes.