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Subpoena issued for investigator in lottery scam case

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday issued a subpoena for the investigating officer in the case against four St James residents, who are facing lottery scam charges.

The investigator, who was not identified in court, was being subpoenaed because repeated attempts by the clerk of the court to get him to complete the file on the case have been unsuccessful.

The four accused facing charges of breaches of the 2013 Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions Special Provisions Act are Lasharoo Shaw, Lacy-Ann Shaw, Sharon Anderson and Jermaine McKenzie - all of Catadupa addresses in St James.

The accused quartet had their bails extended until December 1, when they are slated to return to court. The subpoena was issued when the case was called up and the investigating officer failed to show.

It is alleged that between July 10 and 11, Anderson, McKenzie, and the Shaws were among several persons detained by operatives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force during an anti-lottery scam operation in western Jamaica, which resulted in 15 people being arrested.

Yesterday, clerk of the court Reginald England told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that he had been unsuccessful in reaching the officer.

"I tried to contact the officer, but I did not get through. There is still no response to [attempts at] finding the status of the documents that are outstanding," said England.

"We will need the investi-gating officer to be here," Tie replied, before issuing a subpoena to bring the officer to court.

"You are all to return here on December 1. Your bails are extended until then," the magistrate told the four defendants.

christopher.thomas@gleanerjm.com