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Former NSWMA employee seeks release

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The attorney for the former National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) employee now in custody in connection with the multimillion-dollar fraud uncovered at the agency is heading to court today to compel the police to charge or release his client.

Peter Champagnie, the attorney for former NSWMA project manager, Mark Rodney, filed a writ of habeas corpus in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, seeking to have the police explain to a judge why his client remains in custody.

"All the investigations in relation to him, as far as I understand it, have been completed. So if it is that they have a case, they ought to charge him so that I can, on that basis, make an application for bail for him," Champagnie said.

Police investigators told The Gleaner late yesterday that the probe has been completed, but said the case has been referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

"We are now awaiting further direction," was all one senior investigator was prepared to say.

Local Government Minister Noel Arscott last Wednesday said fraud was uncovered following a forensic audit of the NSWMA's accounts for the financial year 2011-2012.

Arscott said one person was arrested in connection with the fraud, which involved what he called illicit transactions totalling more than $160 million.

Rodney has been in custody since he turned himself in to the police last Tuesday.