Four arrested in connection with divorce scam

News is emerging that the divorce scam in Jamaica could be more widespread than initially reported. This was revealed by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck in an interview with RJR News on Monday night.

He made the disclosure after four persons, including a Supreme Court employee, were charged on Monday in connection with the scam.
The arrests were made by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) which charged the suspects with forgery, uttering forged documents, and conspiracy.
Mr. Chuck said there is likely to be more and that they should be removed from the system.
The Justice Minister last month revealed that his ministry discovered a scam where divorce decrees are being signed by fictitious judges. The decree absolute is the second of two documents required to dissolve a marriage.  
Mr. Chuck said the ministry became aware of the scam after persons, who obtained a divorce and later remarried, turned up seeking new marriage licences.
Those charged are 40-year old Assistant Clerk at the Supreme Court Camille White;  44-year-old Construction Worker Artnel Sampson; 35-year-old studio engineer Wayne Annakie and 36-year-old farmer Shervin Levy. Ms White was arrested when she turned up at work yesterday morning.
It's alleged that in 2015 she collected $20,000 as part payment to fast-track a divorce for one of the complainants. She failed to carry out the transaction. The four accused were each offered station bail in the sum of $100,000. They will appear in court on October 26.
Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, Head of  C-TOC, has reiterated that, despite the success so far, the investigation into the divorce racket continues.


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