Tears flow as women on fraud charges appear in court
Attorney-at-law Valerie Neita Robertson suggested that the women who were last week arrested during a major operation at the Cross Roads branch of Tax Administration Jamaica were used as pawns in a plot to rob the state.
“In relation to this matter, I understand that at the end of the each day the cheques are collected by a supervisor and equally attributed to the number of cashiers and so the cheque that was attributed to her was not collected by her,” Johnson’s lawyer Valrie Neita said.
Neita Robertson was making a bail application in the St Andrew Parish Court for Shana-Kay Simmonds-Johnson, one of the four women arrested last Friday.
The women, who are mothers to young children, wept in the dock as their lawyers made bail applications on their behalf.
Johnson, Chereka Stewart, Sherine Leslie and Kellian Wright were arrested when operatives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and the Revenue Protection Division raided the tax office on January 27. In the operations, several fraudulent cheques amounting to more than a million dollar were seized.
The women were each offered $400,000 bail.