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Conman pleads guilty to collecting money to buy guns for cops

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Kingston man arrested for defrauding six policemen has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

In 2012, Calvin McKenzie collected money from the cops to buy them private firearms but failed to deliver.

McKenzie, who reportedly had a close working relationship with the police had promised to procure the private firearms at "concessionary rates".

He told the cops that he had dealings with a private Corporate Area gun shop and that he had "links" with the Firearm Licensing Authority, the Finance Ministry and the National Security Ministry.

However, after the money was paid over, McKenzie, said to be in his 50s, disappeared.

Only two cops initially came forward to give statements, but four later turned up to file complaints.

McKenzie has been remanded until October 2.

Today, his lawyer sought bail saying McKenzie would be trying to contact friends to pay back the policemen.

However, the magistrate denied the application.