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Woman appeals against US$1.3m seizure

Published:Friday | April 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

The Jamaican woman whose house was raided in 2007 and US$1.3 million found in a freezer is appealing against a Supreme Court order that her assets, including money and properties, must be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Delores Miller, of Portmore, St Catherine, is contending in her appeal that Justice Donald McIntosh in making the order in February had based his findings on hearsay evidence.

Miller, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Earl DeLisser, is asking the Court of Appeal to find that the judge failed to accept as a matter of law that regardless of the evidence, the forfeiture order for the cash was wrong because it did not comply with the law. She is contending that the judge erred in law in relying mainly on the 'lies' told by her (Miller) as the basis for his findings.

Illegal drug trade

The Assets Recovery Agency had brought a claim against Miller and three others to recover assets which include money and properties.

McIntosh heard the matter and made the order regarding the assets, which include properties, a minibus, a motorcycle and money in bank accounts as well as the money that was found in the freezer.

The judge said the evidence indicated that Miller's two sons who lived in the United States were both involved in the illegal drug trade.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com