Sunday 22 September, 2019

Bank teller reeled into Manchester fraud scheme

A bank teller from a prominent financial institution has been arrested along with a senior member of the Manchester Municipal Corporation, after they were allegedly caught trying to process fraudulent cheques amounting to millions of dollars from the account of the parish council.

The 43-year-old teller was charged by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on Monday with conspiracy to defraud.

He has been identified as Radcliffe McLean of Porus, Manchester.

McLean joins Deputy Superintendent of Road and Works for the Manchester Municipal Corporation, 31-year-old Sanja Elliott; 27-year-old carpenter, Dwayne Sibblies; temporary works overseer, Kendale Roberts; and businessman, David Harris, on charges of breaching the Larceny Act.

Investigations suggested that between January 1, 2014 and June 24, 2016, McLean conspired with Elliott and Sibblies to process fraudulent cheques drawn on the account of the municipal corporation.

In 2016 and 2017, Elliot, Sibblies, Roberts and Harris were arrested and charged following fraud and anti-corruption operations carried out in central Jamaica by three anti-corruption entities.

The pre-dawn activities were undertaken by the Office of the Contractor General, the Financial Investigation Division and MOCA.

These operations resulted from investigations which unearthed a grand conspiracy and fraud being allegedly perpetrated by Elliott and other senior employees of the Manchester Municipal Corporation and their associates.  The allegations were that the accused used their positions to misappropriate funds from the parish council for their own use.

The accused are to appear in the Manchester Parish Court on Wednesday February 21.

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