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August 7, 2014
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Extortion rap for suspended constable

Gregory Dixon, a 34-year-old constable who has been on suspension since 2012 for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, was on Monday arrested and charged by detectives from MOCA for extortion following a ruling by the director of public prosecution (DPP).

Reports are that on August 3, 2013, Dixon attempted to solicit a sum of $15,000 from a young man who had just exited a remittance agency in Montego Bay, St James. When his demand was not met, he allegedly threatened to take the man into custody. After a second attempt by Dixon, the man reportedly paid over $10,000, following which a report was made to the then Anti-Corruption Branch. An investigation was launched, and a file submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Following a ruling by the DDP, he was arrested and charged on Monday. He appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, where he was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 with surety, and was ordered to report to the Barnett Street Police Station three times per week. Dixon will next appear in court on Wednesday, August 27.

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