MOCA raids more parish councils
The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) yesterday swooped down on offices of the St Catherine and Clarendon parish councils, as well as the Portmore Municipal Council, where they conducted simultaneous operations.
This comes on the heels of last week's operation at the Manchester Parish Council where the Deputy Superintendent in charge of Roads and Works and another employee were arrested for alleged fraud at the council.
During yesterday's operation by MOCA, workers at the St Catherine Parish Council were reportedly prevented from leaving while the search was in progress.
Up to news time, attempts by our news team to speak with SSP Cleon Marsh, Director of MOCA, and other communications personnel proved futile.
Meanwhile, Norman Scott, chairman of the St Catherine Parish Council, prior to Tuesday operations said the entity that he leads can stand up to forensic scrutiny.
"We are not worried as our operation are up to par and the books are all right," Scott said.
Scott's comments were in response to Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, who said in Parliament that the country's parish councils will be audited.