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August 12, 2014
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Motorist charged with corruption for bribery attempt
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A motorist who attempted to bribe a policeman with $1,650 last year was convicted in the Linstead Resident Magistrate's Court today and fined $250,000 or serve six months' imprisonment.

Sheldon Brown, 32-year-old taxi operator of Linstead, St Catherine, was brought before the courts on breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

When the case was decided, Resident Magistrate Anmarie Nembhard told the accused that he could have been fined up to $1 million. She told him that his actions were criminal and that an example needed to be made. He was subsequently fined.

The Crown led evidence that on April 10, 2013 about 3 p.m., a police party was on traffic duties along Fletchers Avenue when Brown was seen operating a taxi illegally. He was accosted by the police and was being prosecuted when he took out the money and attempted to give it to Corporal Jason Bailey who spurned his actions.

An investigation was launched which resulted in Constable Marco Moncrieffe charging the accused.

He was not represented when he appeared in court.

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