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‘Lottery Scam’ inspector to be interdicted

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2009 | 9:04 AM

The Police Commissioner is reporting that the inspector implicated in the Montego Bay lottery scam will be interdicted.

Eighteen other cops below the rank of inspector were interdicted in April after an investigation suggested that they acted improperly.

Late yesterday the commissioner reported that he has now recommended that the Police Service Commission retire 10 of the 18 cops in the interest of the public.

His recommendation follows advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

In an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night, Commissioner Lewin provided an update on the fate of the inspector.

Under the Constabulary Force Act, the Commissioner is not empowered to interdict a cop above the rank of a sergeant.

So in April after initial investigations suggested that the Montego Bay inspector was among 19 police personnel involved in the recruitment of a fake cop as part of the lottery scam, the Commissioner recommended that the Police Service Commission interdict him.

At that time, the investigations were still being carried out into the recruitment of the fake cop, so the Service Commission was constrained.

Last night, the Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin said now that the fake cop probe is completed the inspector will be interdicted.

This means that he will be sent home with only three-quarters of his pay until his fate is decided.

The commissioner was speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre minutes after he issued a statement indicating that he has recommended that 10 of the 18 cops who were interdicted be retired in the interest of the public.

The commissioner says he has already sent the files on the 10 cops to the Police Service Commission with the recommendations.

The Commissioner said six of the others who were interdicted will be reinstated while further investigations is to be conducted in respect of the other two.

The police personnel are all attached to the Mount Salem Police Station in St James.

In the meantime, Courtney Grayson, the so-called fake cop continues to collaborate with the anti corruption unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

He was charged with impersonating a police officer and unlawful possession of property but last month the DPP dropped the charges against him.

The DPP said in light of certain information, she made the decision not to prosecute Grayson but she is empowered to bring back the case to court against him.