Friday 23 October, 2020

Chuck’s fake divorce charge gaining credibility

A recent charge from Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, that fake divorce papers are coming out of the Supreme Court, is apparently gaining credibility, with at least one such document already surfacing and landing a man in custody.

The individual is 44-year-old construction worker, Arnel Sampson, who has been charged with fraud after allegedly submitting forged divorce papers to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).

The Portsmouth, Portmore, St Catherine resident has been charged with forgery and uttering forged documents.

Reports were that on Tuesday, Sampson went to the Constant Spring Tax Office, where he tendered a Decree Absolute as having been issued by the Supreme Court.

But checks revealed that the document was forged.

Sampson was subsequently taken into police custody and charged by investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Task Force (C-TOC).

His arrest has brought back focus on Chuck’s recent accusation that some staff members of the civil registry at the Supreme Court were involved in a divorce racket.

The charge resulted in the court staff taking industrial action in protest of the accusation.

But the significance of Chuck's warning to persons that some divorce papers in their possession may be forged, and advice that persons with such documents should check with the authorities before tendering the papers, seems now to have been warranted.

C-TOC is investigating the overall fake divorce papers scenario.

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