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FID In the News

Financial Investigation Division Celebrates Half-A-Million US Dollar Forfeiture Conclusion

The Financial Investigation Division (FID) is celebrating conclusion of a Forfeiture Application for over half-a-million US dollars and J$1.3 million. Published:Saturday | November 21, 2015 The FID says it represents one of the most significant sums of money to be forfeited to the Crown in several years. It says the […]

POCA Pleas Under Review

THE EDITOR, Sir: Please allow the Financial Investigations Division to contribute to recent discussions in the media relating to the agency’s powers to restrain assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). The first thing to note is that the agency carries out its function in accordance with what the […]

91-year-old American fleeced of US $106,000 by Jamaican lotto scammers

Four arrested in St James, Hanover Friday, October 10, 2014 | 5:35 PM KINGSTON, Jamaica — Four persons have been arrested in St James and Hanover on suspicion of involvement in the lotto scam. The four are Jermaine Watson, 30, of Montego Bay, St James; Judian James, 25, and Horatio […]

Slow court system delaying sale of $2 billion in seized assets

BY KARYL WALKER Editor – Crime/Court Desk Thursday, September 11, 2014 Chief Technical Director of the Financial Investigation Division Justin Felice (right) in discussion with president of the Jamaica Bankers Association, Maureen Hayden-Cater (centre) and Jamaica Bankers Association Anti-Fraud Committee representative, Stacey Ann Escoe, at yesterday’s anti-fraud seminar at […]

Corruption clampdown – Senior public officials face money-laundering probe

Published: Thursday | September 4, 2014 Outgoing FID boss Justin Felice Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer SEVERAL JAMAICAN public officials are now being investigated for money laundering as the Financial Investigations Division (FID), begins to take an interest in the billions of dollars expended on Government projects in recent years. Outgoing […]

Bail Extended For Six On Lottery Scam Charges

Published: Thursday | August 28, 2014  Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer WESTERN BUREAU: Six men from two parishes in western Jamaica, who are before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on separate charges involving the illicit lottery scam, had their bails extended when they appeared in court yesterday. Thirty-one-year-old Marlon Lawrence, […]

Son of convicted drug lord accused of laundering $1b

  jail    Wednesday, August 20, 2014  PAUL Hamilton, the son of convicted Jamaican drug dealer Andrew Hamilton, was yesterday granted $5 million bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on allegations that he helped his father launder $1 billion in drug money from overseas. The […]

Money seized from businessman turned over to gov’t

Published: Saturday August 16, 2014 | 12:37 pm A magistrate has ordered that just under $2 million that was seized from a businessman in 2010 should be forfeited to the Government. The order was made in the Sutton Street Resident Magistrate Court on Thursday. The police report that cash totalling […]

Gov’t Eyes Money Mules

Published: Friday | August 15, 2014 Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer A VENEZUELAN man who stunned local investigators when he passed out 80 small packages with cash totalling US$103,500 or approximately $11.6 million, after a routine stop at the Sangster International Airport, has forced Jamaican authorities to increase their vigilance at […]

Millions In Questionable Assets Turned Over To State

One of the two BMWs that the father and family friend of Gauntlett Gallimore have agreed to forfeit to the State.-Contributed   Published: Thursday | August 7, 2014 After mounting a legal fight to keep what Jamaican investigators claim are millions of dollars worth of ill-gotten assets, the family and […]

Facile Felice’s Foreign Fixation

Justin Felice Published: Tuesday | July 8, 2014 By Gordon Robinson Justin Felice is a British policeman. In Jamaica, by all accounts, he has done a first-class job of improving our investigatory capabilities. Unlike many local policemen, he impresses me as an honest man. In our constabulary, that’s as rare as […]

No Silent Coup, Mr Robinson – Jamaican Lawyers Must Fight Money-Laundering Scourge

Justin Felice Published: Sunday | July 6, 2014 Justin Felice, Guest Columnist  In an article published in The Gleaner of July 1, 2014, ‘Silent coup against lawyers’, Gordon Robinson, himself an attorney-at-law, complains about Jamaica’s “new slave masters (World Bank, IDB, IMF, etc. [sic])” assaulting freedom and democracy and pushing […]

Silent Coup Against Lawyers

  Published: Tuesday | July 1, 2014 By Gordon Robinson Recently, international agencies have ratcheted up their efforts against money-laundering and terrorism. In 1989, Canada passed its first Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), creating the offence of money laundering. In 2000, that law was replaced by a new POCA, broadening […]

Dudus ‘Money’ Disappears!

Investigators find only a fraction of the wealth that the Tivoli don was supposed to have amassed After digging for almost four years, local investigators have found very few assets that can be traced to convicted drug dealer Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Despite Coke’s reputed enormous wealth and his control of […]

Historic: Scammer Gets Four Years

The St James man who was the first person to be tried under the new Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) Special Provisions Act of 2013 was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison. The convicted man, 21-year-old Marlon Davis, who is of a Grange Pen address in Lilliput, St James, was […]

Jamaica largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the US, report says

WASHINGTON (CMC) – The United States says Jamaica remains the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the United States and other Caribbean islands, and that even though cocaine and synthetic drugs are not produced locally, Jamaica is a transit point for drugs trafficked from South America to North America and […]

Caribbean states named among major money laundering countries

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The United States has named several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries as major money laundering states whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking. In its “2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report”, the US State Department listed […]

Financial Investigations Division (FID) seizes several properties, guns

The Financial Investigations Division (Asset Recovery Agency) of the Ministry of Finance and Planning reports the successful forfeiture of five residential properties and two licensed firearms in the Supreme Court of Jamaica on January 14, 2014. The properties and firearms have a combined value of approximately $72 million and include […]

NIA wants status of due dilligence on EWI made public

WATCHDOG group National Integrity Action (NIA) is calling on the Office of Utilities regulation (OUR) to make public the contents of any due diligence report on Energy World International/Pacific LNG, the company pegged to build the 360-megawatt power plant. In a letter to OUR Director General Albert Gordon on Monday, […]

Lawyer On Money Laundering Charges Posts Bail

Sunday December 22, 2013 | 10:19 am, Gleaner Writer, Attorney-at-law Dawn Satterswaite has been released on bail after three days in police custody for her alleged involvement in a massive money laundering scheme. On her first court appearance on Friday, Satterswaite and her two co-accused, Paulette Higgins and Janet Ramsay, […]