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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: Spencer tried to retrieve transaction records after arrest tip-off

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2013 | 1:36 PM

A prosecution witness this morning testified that former junior energy minister Kern Spencer sought to retrieve copies of several multi-million dollar transactions she conducted for him claiming he was tipped off that he was about to be arrested.

Sacha Neil-Elliott, who was then a customer service representative at Jamaica National Building Society's (JNBS) Santa Cruz branch, said Spencer informed her that his friend at the Financial Investigations Department (FID) told him he had seen a report.

The report, according to Neil-Elliott's testimony, spoke to the multi-million dollar transaction the former junior energy minister had conducted at the financial institution and the notes accompanying them.

She testified that during a November 2007 telephone call Spencer told her that his friend at the FID alerted him that he was going to be arrested for fraud.

Neil-Elliott said the former junior minister enquired who prepares such reports at JNBS, adding that the report at the FID indicated that his source of funds for the transactions was a loan from the National Commercial Bank and the proceeds from his birthday party.

She said by then Spencer was angry and complained that he did not recall signing any source of funds form.

Neil-Elliott told the court that Spencer said if he was asked about source of funds he would have indicated that the money came from his mother who operates a store in Black River, St Elizabeth.


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