The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has promised to carry out an investigation into the use of its name in a major fraud ring which has been uncovered by the police.
News came Sunday that the Clarendon police had smashed the ring which was operating in the parish and seized several documents and equipment used to commit financial crimes.
It followed a raid on Saturday at the Glenmuir Housing Scheme during which a man was taken into custody. Numerous fraudulent cheques were found, some valued at J$12 million. Some were made out in the name of the Jamaica Labour Party, the Ministry of National Security as well as some of the country's major financial institutions.
Dr. Horace Chang, JLP’s General Secretary, told RJR News that the party will conduct a probe into the matter.
“We certainly will have to. It is very unfortunate, but we are glad the police had been able to interrupt the ring. We’ll have extensive discussion with our Party’s treasurer who will have to carry out the required investigation to ensure that the Party has not been defrauded and to also see that the Party’s name has not been used to make mischief. Both areas of concern will have to be investigated thoroughly and clarified,” said Dr. Chang.
In the meantime, the Clarendon Police are looking for other persons believed to be involved in the fraud ring. It appeared to be part of a plan to fleece millions of dollars from businesses in May Pen.
A confidential source told RJR News that the masterminds behind the fraud are believed to have prepared the cheques along with the identification to go with the names that were printed on them. Their cronies then cashed the cheques at various businesses in the town.
It seemed that the scheme expanded to insurance cover notes and motor vehicle registration documents. Debit and credit cards as well as Digicel sim card contracts and blank sheets of paper were also confiscated during Saturday's raid.
A source told RJR News that the police believe the fraudulent activities started elsewhere and are now operating out of Clarendon. The source said the activities could have started from as far back as 2007.