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JTA sues former employee to recover $100m lost to fraud

Published:Saturday | September 6, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has sued former employee 38-year-old Marlon Francis to recover approximately $100 million defrauded from the association.

Yesterday, the JTA went to the Supreme Court and applied for an injunction to prevent Francis from disposing of his assets before the suit was heard.

Justice Leighton Pusey, after hearing submissions from Queen's Counsel Ransford Braham and attorneys-at-law Caroline Hay and Susan Risden-Foster, granted the JTA a 28-day interim injunction.

The JTA is to serve the defendant with the court order and there is to be an inter partes hearing on September 25.

Reports are that last year, the JTA discovered the massive fraud and reported the matter to the police.

In August, last year, detectives from the Fraud Squad named Francis, of Carr Hill in Rock Hall, St Andrew, as a person of interest. Notices were sent out for him to report to the Fraud Squad, preferably with a lawyer, but he has not responded.

It was reported that the scheme involved the preparation of fictitious invoices for work allegedly carried out by companies. However, no services were provided. The signatures of some senior officials of the JTA were allegedly forged and cheques were prepared and lodged into various accounts.