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July 7, 2014
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Teen among three to be sentenced for fraud
Launtia Cuff, STAR Writer

A 16-year-old boy and two other persons who pleaded guilty to breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions)(Special Provisions) Act, will be sentenced in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court today after pleading guilty on Friday.

The teen, who is from St Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing identity information.

Along with the teen, his mother, 36-year old Denise Sutherland also pleaded guilty to four counts of aiding and abetting the commission of an offence contrary to the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act.

The third person, 19-year-old Tafarie Haddad, pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding and abetting the commission of an offence contrary to the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act.

On Friday, November 29, 2013 about 5 a.m., members of the St Elizabeth Proactive Investigations Unit, with search warrants, visited the house occupied by the three.

social security numbers

During a search, a book containing names, addresses, contact numbers as well as social security numbers of persons living in the United States, as well as Western Union and Moneygram receipts were discovered in the room occupied by Haddad.

In the room occupied by Sutherland, Western Union receipts were also discovered.

The three were subsequently arrested and charged. A statement which was collected from the victim who resides in the United States, says he was swindled of more than US$60,000.

The three were remanded for sentencing which was set for Monday July 7.

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