4 charged in mutlimillion theft from local financial institution

Four of the five persons arrested on Tuesday, in relation to the theft of just under 50 million dollars from a local financial institution, have been charged.

They are 48-year-old Sophia Dobson and 28-year-old Racquel Morrison, both of caladium crescent, Kingston 11; as well as 23-year-old Jahsean Brown, of Penwood Crescent and 25-year-old warehouse supervisor Everald Mckenzie of Waltham Avenue.

A statement from the financial investigations division, said the 2 men and 2 women are charged with: engaging in a transaction involving criminal property; facilitating a transaction involving criminal property; simple larceny; unauthorized access to computer data; and, conspiracy to defraud.

The fifth accused person has not yet been charged because that suspect remains in police custody awaiting legal representation.

The 5 were arrested during a targetted operation conducted in the corporate area, by members of the financial investigations division, the constabulary financial unit, the counter terrorism and organized crime investigations branch, and the st. Andrew south police division.

The FID said these 5 persons held on Tuesday, bring to 8, the total number of people accused of involvement in the cyber crime.

3 others were arrested and charged last month, and are now before the court.

They are 35-year-old cashier Stashanie Smellie of Sarah Street, Kingston 4; 42-year-old Kehoe Hibbert of Myrie Avenue, Kingston; and 25-year-old Timera Whyte of Spanish Town Road, Kingston 11.

Reports are that in march, a report was made by the local financial institution regarding unauthorized access of computer data and simple larceny.

Its alleged that in February, several wire transfers were executed on a clients account, without his knowledge, and that about $46 million was sent the accounts of people living in the st. Andrew south police division.

Evidence indicated that the victim’s account was compromised allegedly by the fraudsters, who were able to change certain security credentials, and empty the account over a 10-day period.


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