Tax office cashiers used in plot, says attorney
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 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, Valerie Neita Robertson, said.
Neita Robertson was making a bail application in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for Shana-Kay Simmonds-Johnson, one of the four women arrested last Friday.
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. Damien Shakespeare, who was also arrested in relation to the matter, made his court appearance earlier this week.
Another lawyer, who was representing Stewart, said that Spakespeare was the mastermind in the plot.
In the operations, several fraudulent cheques amounting to more than $1 million were seized.
The women, who are mothers to young children, wept in the dock as their lawyers made bail applications on their behalf.
They were charged with breaches of the Forgery Act, conspiracy to defraud and breaches of the Larceny Act.
The women were each offered $400,000 bail.