Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Five alleged bank account scammers remanded

Five alleged members of a scamming network that mainly targeted bank accounts, were remanded when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday.

The five were arrested and charged after detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) recently raided their homes and seized cellular phones, laptop computers and other electronic devices on which incriminating information was reportedly found.

An analysis of the devices revealed the names and banking information of many persons with accounts at a range of financial institutions.

The accused – four men and a woman – are Nasha Rolle, Travis Wilson, Romaine Barrett, Ortalan Powell and Douglas Walker.

It is alleged that they have been hacking the bank accounts of unsuspecting persons and stealing millions of dollars.

Additionally, last year, Barrett, a student at the University of Technology (UTech), and Walker, were charged with possessing the identity of persons, distribution of the identity information, and conspiracy.

They are still awaiting trial on those allegations.

In court on Friday, the prosecution opposed bail for the five, and said the accused are wanted in other police divisions for questioning in connection with scamming activities.

Presiding Judge, Chester Crooks, denied bail, and the accused are to return to court on February 9, when the question of bail will be revisited.


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