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Three more plead guilty in ‘dead claims’ trial

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 10:13 AM

One more person implicated in the scheme which scammed millions of dollars from the Accountant General’s Department, has entered a guilty plea.
In the St Andrew Parish Court yesterday Troy Blythe pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in the matter brought against him by the Revenue Protection Division (RPD), in 2015.

Two of his co-accused, Rameish Watson and Anthony Munroe had already pleaded guilty to one count each of receiving stolen property. 

All three are to be sentenced on August 16, 2017.

Their pleas bring to five the number of persons who have pleaded guilty since the start of the trial.  

The fraud scheme included re-activating accounts in the names of deceased pensioners and siphoning off the amounts that would have been due to them had they still been alive.

The arrests occurred after weeks of intensive investigation by the RPD, and a pre-dawn operation conducted jointly with Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency on October 28, 2014. The Financial Investigations Division also assisted in the investigation.

A second employee from the Accountant General’s Department who was also charged by the RPD remains before the court to answer to charges including forgery, falsification of accounts, uttering false documents and conspiracy.

The matter is being prosecuted by MOCA.