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St James deputy mayor denies signing fake job letter for visa-seeking man

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 9:24 AM

The St James Parish Council says deputy mayor Michael Troupe has denied signing a letter falsely stating that a man seeking a United States visa was employed to the council.



The council says it has been investigating the matter, even as tighter guidelines have been implemented for the use of the parish council’s letterhead and official seals.



Yesterday, Jamaica Labour Party councillors indicated that they have moved a resolution calling for the PNP’s Troupe to be removed from the post of deputy mayor over what they call suspected corruption.



It is alleged that Troupe signed a document bearing what is said to be the letter head of the parish council, falsely stating that the man was employed to the council.



Last night chairman of the St James Parish Council, Glendon Harris, said the US embassy brought the matter to the council’s attention recently and both bodies are carrying out their investigations.



He says the JLP councillors are seeking to score political points by calling for Troupe to be stripped of his post as deputy mayor.



He says a date for the completion of the investigation could not be immediately given.



The JLP councillors say if Troupe does not relinquish his position, the Local Government Minister Noel Arscott is to intervene.



Troupe was nabbed in a lottery scam raid in St James in 2012 and charged with gun and ammunition possession.



However, a court later dismissed the charges.



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