Cabbie busted trying to bribe cop

November 09, 2017
Taxi cab

A Westmorland taxi operator is booked to appear in court next Tuesday after he was charged by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) with breaching of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Information reaching THE STAR is that on October 3 police personnel seized a vessel along the shoreline of Little Baby Beach in Westmoreland.

According to MOCA, 45-year-old Joseph Nickle, a taxi driver, later that month visited the Negril Police Station with documents for the vessel, claiming to be the owner.

Further reports are that upon inspection of the documents presented, the validity of the documents was brought into question.

Nickle then allegedly offered a police sergeant $100,000 in order to avoid being charged and also required the release of the vessel.

Our news team understands that arrangements were made for the payment.

THE STAR gathered that a sting operation was set up to oversee the payment after the sergeant reported the matter to MOCA.

Nickle was arrested last Friday after he handed over the money to the policeman.

He was later interviewed in the presence of his attorney following which he was charged.

Nickle will appear in the Westmoreland Parish Court on November 14.

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