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Lawyer being investigated in relation to divorce racket

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 8:42 AM

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has revealed that the divorce racket uncovered at the Supreme Court is even wider, with at least one lawyer being investigated in relation to fraudulent divorce documents.

Chuck says a case recently brought to his attention is that of a woman who found out she was still married just weeks before she was set to marry someone else.

He says the woman was set to get married on December 2, but found out her divorce documents were fraudulent when she tried to obtain a marriage licence.


Justice Minister Delroy Chuck

Chuck says the issue is a frustrating one as the process to obtain the divorce will have to be restarted.

He says the police are investigating the lawyer involved.


Justice Minister Delroy Chuck

Earlier this year it was revealed that divorce decrees stamped by the Registrar of the Supreme Court were being signed by fictitious judges.

The decree absolute is the second of two documents required to dissolve a marriage.

A Supreme Court employee, who is a court assistant in the Civil Registry, has since been charged in relation to the divorce scam.

Forty-four-year-old construction worker, Artnel Sampson; 35-year-old studio engineer, Wayne Annakie; and 36-year-old farmer, Shervin Levy, have also been charged with forgery; uttering forged documents and conspiracy.