Friday 10 July, 2020

Bank employee remanded on ammunition charge ahead of fraud cases

A bank employee who has been charged for allegedly leaking information about customers’ accounts at the entity to scammers, appeared in court on Friday on a separate charge of illegal possession of ammunition.

This was after some 50 rounds of ammunition were reportedly found at the home of Ronald McLaren, 40, in St Andrew when investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch of the police force raided the premises recently in search of evidence relative to the information-leaking probe.

McLean was remanded in custody at the end of his appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, along with his wife, Shernett, a 47-year-old school teacher, who was jointly charged with him relative to the ammunition. The wife was offered bail in the sum of $250,000.

The ammunition was reportedly found in a bedroom at the couple’s home.

McLaren is also facing charges of conspiracy to defraud and possession of identity information. The C-TOC Investigators allegedly discovered information on bank customers' accounts on his phone, which was seized during the investigation.

McLean has more than 10 years of service to the bank.

The police probe reportedly followed claims by customer of the bank that debit and credit cards had been cloned by scammers in some instances.

McLaren and his wife are scheduled to be back in court on May 29, when the fraud charges against him will come up for mention.

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