Accused in Accountant General's Department fraud case remanded
Chad Bryan, Staff Reporter
THE FIVE persons arrested in connection with the suspected multi-million dollar fraud at the Accountant General's Department were remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court until November 4.
They were remanded after a statement which allegedly implicates one of the accused, Meisha Parkinson, was not presented to the court.
Disclosure of the statement is expected to be made to the defence attorneys in short order.
Julio Parkinson, an accounting technician at the Accountant General's Department, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud and money laundering, while his sister, Meisha Parkinson, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The other three, Rameish Watson, Anthony Munroe and Kemar Lewis ,have also been charged with conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and obtaining money by means of false pretence.
FRAUDULENT LIFE CERTIFICATES
The Crown alleges that between February and October this year, Julio Parkinson in his position as an accounting technician at the department, manipulated the agency's pension system by creating fraudulent life certificates in the names of dead pensioners. He then prepared pension payments amounting to a little more than $19 million, breaking the figure down to be sent to the various bank accounts of his co-conspirators.
The Crown further alleges that Meisha Parkinson facilitated the removal of evidence in the form of cash from the scene of a dwelling which was being investigated.
In court, defence attorney Anthony Pearson who represents both Parkinsons, vehemently denied the allegations against Meisha Parkinson as he sought bail for the accused.
However, the attorney representing the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) said a document was outstanding in relation to her matters and, therefore, required more time.
Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams then ordered the matter for mention on November 4 at which time full bail applications are expected to be made.
The five were taken into custody on Tuesday after the Revenue Protection Division, with assistance from MOCA, carried out a series of operations at the downtown Kingston offices of the Accountant General's Department and other premises within the Corporate Area.