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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: Prosecutor seeks to link Spencer to JP's transaction

Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 | 2:42 pm Comments 0

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Prosecutors in the Cuban light bulb trial today led evidence that sought to link former junior energy minister Kern Spencer with a multimillion-dollar transaction conducted by St Elizabeth Justice of the Peace, Evrol Orr in 2007.


D'wain Clarke, a customer service representative at the Santa Cruz branch of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), testified that Orr visited the branch on September 14, 2007 with a manager's cheque in the amount of $4.5 million and asked that it be deposited in his [Orr] account.

Clarke said Orr then requested two US money drafts in the amount of US$60,000.

And today an employee of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) testified that in February 2008, he gave police investigators a copy of a manager's cheque in the amount of $4.5m which was drawn on the account of a company allegedly controlled by Spencer and which was made payable to Orr.

Craig Williams, who is a business banker at NCB, said the cheque was among several items he handed over to then head on the Organised Crime Investigations Division, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey.

Williams said the items also include certified copies of two NCB cheques along with copies of documents Spencer's co-accused Colleen Wright use to open business accounts for Universal Management Development company and Caribbean Communication and Media Network Limited.

The prosecution's star witness Rodney Chin has previously testified that he incorporated both companies as a front for Spence.

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