Popular doctor to be sentenced for corruption charges

August 18, 2017
Jephthah Ford

 

Popular medical doctor Jephthah Ford is now awaiting his August 22 sentencing date, after being found guilty of corruption charges when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.

Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice. This stems from a 2014 incident in which two Surinamese men were held with US$533,886 or J$55 million during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road in St Andrew.

Following allegations that he tried to bribe a member of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) to release two Surinamese nationals, who were arrested by the agency, Ford himself was charged after his voice was recorded on tape during a covert operation.

The tape, which was played during the trial, was not challenged by Ford.

While handing down the verdict, Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece said citizens have a right to ensure that justice is done, "but there is a right way to do it."

"We can't tolerate people taking things into their own hands," she added.

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