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former employee of the

Jamaica Public Service (JPS)

was granted bail in the sum

of $2,000,000 when he appeared in

the Corporate Area Resident

Magistrate’s court yesterday on

charges relating to fraud.

Charged with unauthorised modifi-

cation of computer data, access with

intent to commit an offence, con-

spiracy to defraud, unauthorised

interception of computer functions,

and unauthorised access to computer

data is Donovan Carson.

He did not enter a plea when the

matter was called up.

The court heard that Carson was

entrusted to oversee JPS’s new

initiative, the Advance Metering

Infrastructure System.

Based on his user role, he could

add, remove or change the system

via a desktop computer with a

specific IP address that was

assigned to him.

The court heard that alleged

wrongdoing by Carson caused the

power company to lose in excess of

$9.8 million.

Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis

told Carson not to communicate with

any JPS employees or anyone associ-

ated with that company.

He was subsequently granted bail

with conditions.

Carson is to report to the Spanish

Town Police every Monday, Wednesday

and Friday.

He is to surrender all travel

documents, and a stop order was

put in place.


taxi operator was further remanded yesterday in the

Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court for attempt-

ing to smuggle over 2,000 pounds of ganja on to

Kingston Container Terminal.

Charged with possession of, dealing, taking steps to export,

conspiracy to export, trafficking ganja and fraudulent use of a

license plate is 28-year-old Jermaine Brown of an

Oxford Street, Kingston address.

Brown did not enter a plea.

The court heard that on February

6, Brown, along with two other

occupants aboard a Toyota Hiace

mini bus, attempted to enter the ter-

minal posing as members of the

Contraband Enforcement Team (CET).

Allegations are that while they were

being verified, the driver of the vehicle

sped off.

The vehicle was later found along

7th Avenue, Newport West, about

10:30 p.m.

The court was told that a search of

the vehicle unearthed 2,089 pounds of

compressed ganja, vests marked

Jamaica customs vests, and other contents.

An investigation was launched after Brown, who rented the

vehicle, said he was robbed. Allegations are that the investiga-

tions pointed to the accused as the main perpetrator.

Brown is to return to court on March 9, where it is expected that

his attorney will make a bail application.

A fingerprint order was also made against the accused man.


STAR Writer


wo Jamaican women are scheduled to face the court in

Barbados after they were held on Valentine’s Day enter-

ing the country with contraband,



According to ,

Jamaican national,

28-year-old Natalee Ffrench and Natalee Sasha Crooks, 24,

arrived on the same flight at the Grantley Adams International

Airport on February 14, from Jamaica.

They were interviewed by police and referred to the Queen

Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).


gathered that Ffrench passed out two pounds of

cannabis that she was alleged to have ingested, while

Natalee Sasha Crooks is said to have passed out one pound

of cannabis.

Ffrench and Crooks are expected to appear in the District B

Magistrates’ Court.

Cabbie on drug rap

further remanded

Accused drug

mules arrested on

Valentines Day

Former JPS employee on fraud charge gets bail


unauthorised persons on Caymanas Park’s com-

pound were surprised with a raid carried out by

the St Catherine South Police on Ash Wednesday,

resulting in a number of arrests under the Dangerous

Drugs Act.

The well-coordinated raid, conducted jointly by the

police and the racetrack’s security detail, McKay Security,

was focused mainly on the southern stable area, including

the popular canteen hang-out spot along None Such

Boulevard, and stretching as far north as the equine pool.

Jason McKay, chief executive officer, McKay Security,

said in addition to ridding the track of unlicensed person-

nel, the surprise raid was an intelligence-driven operation.

“We had information that a gang feud in a nearby

community could find its way into Caymanas Park, and

we sought the assistance of the police to ferret out unau-

thorised persons.

“We are focused on preventing tragedy, not waiting

for it to happen. We heard of the threat and decided to

act quickly because, as everybody knows, the stable area

has produced its fair share of tragedies,” McKay pointed


Ironically, the raid was carried out four days after the

running of the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy.

Phillipps, a veteran trainer, was shot and killed at his barn

on February 7, 2004.

McKay said he was aware that many persons con-

verge on Caymanas Park on race mornings, hoping to

get tips, but pointed out that this creates a security risk, as

unlicensed personnel use creative methods to gain access

to the compound.

“I hope this serves as a message to unlicensed persons

coming to the track on race mornings. They may think it’s

a good way to get a good tip, but also a good way to be

arrested,” he said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Terrence Sancko, of the St

Catherine South Police Division, said no threat to

Caymanas Park can be taken lightly.

“Caymanas Park is the biggest single commercial

entity in Portmore, and we won’t allow any gang activity,

or otherwise, to compromise the racetrack,” he said.