Monday 30 March, 2020

$100,000 bribe allegedly offered by Mr ‘Nickle’

A Westmoreland taxi operator was on Monday charged by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for allegedly breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

The charge arose after the taxi operator reportedly tried to bribe a police officer.

Police reports pointed to the seizure of a vessel along the shoreline of Little Baby Beach in Westmoreland on October 3 as the genesis of the bribery allegation.

The reports indicate that later in October, the taxi driver, 45-year-old Joseph Nickle, visited the Negril Police Station with documents claiming to be the owner of the vessel.

Upon inspection of the documents that were presented, the authenticity of the papers was questioned by the police.

Nickle then reportedly changed gear and allegedly offered a police sergeant a sum of $100,000 to avoid prosecution, and also for the release of the vessel.

The sergeant reportedly arranged for the payment, then reported the matter to MOCA, which led to an operation in which Nickle was observed handing over the money to the policeman. 

The accused man was charged after being interviewed in the presence of his attorney, and is scheduled to appear in the Westmoreland Parish Court on November 14.

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