Cops accused of extortion

MONTEGO BAY — A police corporal and two constables have been arrested by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Anti-Corruption Branch over their alleged involvement in an extortion ring which targets players in the multimillion-dollar lottery scam.

The confirmation was made yesterday by Assistant Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay, who heads the branch. He, however, did not divulge much, except to say that the lawmen, who are assigned to the Trelawny Police Division, would face an identification parade later this week.

A reliable source said that the three were detained between Saturday and Sunday. The corporal and one of the constables were said to have been taken into custody on Saturday, while the other constable was held on Sunday about 7 p.m.

According to the source, the activities of the three lawmen were monitored over a period of time. It is alleged that they would lay in wait at money remittance outlets in Trelawny where the scammers would collect their ill-gotten gains, then trail them.

It is further claimed that they would then pull over the scammers at lonely spots along the road, then demand a share of the ‘loot’. If the scammers failed to hand over the cash, they would then be charged with robbery.

The three lawmen are also alleged to have been involved in a recent robbery of $100,000 from an entertainer.

If charged and convicted, the three men could be booted from the force.

Since the inception of the Anti-Corruption Branch in 2007, more than 400 cops have been dismissed for corruption violations. (Observer)

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