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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: Sub-contractor gives evidence about $3.1 million cheque

Published:Monday | February 3, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A St Elizabeth sub-contractor this morning gave evidence that in 2007 former junior minister Kern Spencer asked him to encash a cheque for $3.1 million.




Eldon Nembhard testified that the cheque was drawn on the account of Universal Management Development one of the companies the prosecution's main witness Rodney Chin said he fronted for Spencer.



Testifying under cross examination, Nembhard said the money was not for road rehabilitation, drain cleaning and bushing work he had done in north east St Elizabeth.



Nembhard's testimony came as the corruption trial of Spencer and his former personal assistant Colleen Wright resumed in Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court after a three-week break.



Spencer and Wright are on trial for money laundering and illicit enrichment arising from the implementation of the Cuban light bulb programme.



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