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Cops conned by private firearm 'salesman'

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

A Kingston man is now in police custody for allegedly defrauding two policemen after he collected money from them to buy firearms but failed to deliver.

It's reported that in 2012, the man, who reportedly had a close working relationship with the police, collected money from the two cops to procure the private firearms at "concessionary rates".

He reportedly told them that he had dealings with a private Corporate Area gun shop and had "links" with the Firearm Licensing Authority, the finance ministry, and the national security ministry; however, after the money was paid over, the man, said to be in his 50s, disappeared.

Superintendent Arthur Brown, head of the East Kingston police, said the man was taken into custody over the weekend; however, the officer declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, offering only that the man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to defraud members of the constabulary.

It is understood that although only two cops have so far come forward to give statements, other cops might also have been defrauded by the man.