Multimillion dollar conspiracy at Manchester Parish Council
An ongoing anti-corruption investigation has unearthed a "grand conspiracy and fraud being perpetrated" at the Manchester Parish Council.
Deputy Superintendent of Road and Works for the Manchester Parish Council, Sanja Elliott, 31, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretense and forgery.
The charges arose out of a raid at the council last Friday by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption division.
Dwayne Sibblies, 27, a carpenter, who like Elliott is from Manchester, has been slapped with similar charges.
The two are booked to appear a before the Half Way Tree Court today.
Both men were arrested during Friday's fraud and anti-corruption operation in central Jamaica by three anti-corruption entities. The pre-dawn activities were undertaken by the Office of the Contractor General, Financial Investigation Division and the Major Organised Crime and Agency (MOCA).
MOCA yesterday said that Elliott and other senior employees of the Manchester Parish Council and their associates were responsible for the grand conspiracy.
"The allegations are that they used their positions to misappropriate funds from the Parish Council for their own use. To date, the investigation has revealed that the group corruptly benefited in the sum of multi-millions of dollars," MOCA said in a media release yesterday.
MOCA's director of investigations, Senior Superintendent of Police Cleon March, said that although two individuals have now been charged, the probe has been widened with a view of determining the full extent of the fraud.
"In light of this we will continue with our partners to pursue the evidence where ever it leads."
Assistant Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay, the deputy director general of MOCA, said that politics is not influencing the probes being conducted.
"Throughout the operations MOCA and its partners have been diligent in approach, decisive in action and professional in conduct. We hold true to our mantra that no one is above the law," Hay said.