‘ Montego Bay lottery scam’ cops in trouble
The Police High Command said it’s carrying out the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in respect of the 19 cops implicated in the Montego Bay lottery scam.
However, there is still no word from the high command on the ruling of the DDP, although DPP Paula Llewellyn handed her ruling to the Police Commissioner yesterday.
This afternoon Assistant Commissioner in charge of anti-corruption Justine Felice said Commissioner Lewin has reviewed the DPP’s ruling and an official statement would be forthcoming.
Commissioner Lewin is expected to say what further action if any will be taken against the police personnel.
The cops were interdicted in March after police investigation indicated that they had recruited a fake cop as part of the deadly Montego Bay Lottery scam.
The 19 cops comprise of an inspector, two sergeants, one corporal, 11 constables and four district constables.
In April, the police commissioner reported that the cops conspired to facilitate the recruitment of 23-year-old Courtney Grayson as a fake cop.
Grayson worked as a policeman for more than six months before he was caught and arrested for impersonating a police officer among other charges.
However, last month the director of public prosecutions dropped the charges against him.
The DPP entered a plea of unconditional nolle prosequi when Grayson appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate\'s Court.
She did not offer a detailed reason but said she had been in dialogue with the police on all aspects of the matter and, in light of certain information, she made the decision not to prosecute Grayson.
In the case of a nolle prosequi, the Crown is empowered to discontinue a case that may later be brought back to court.
Grayson, who has been collaborating with the anti corruption unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, is now under police guard.