The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is again urging the public to be mindful of individuals who claim to be offering the service of divorce settlements.
This comes in the wake of a St Catherine man being charged for fraud-related offenses earlier this month after he reportedly took $70,000 from another man to start divorce proceedings on his behalf four years ago.
Octavious Forbes, alias ‘Jerry’, of a St Catherine address, was charged with forgery and obtaining money under false pretence.
According to a report from MOCA, sometime in 2016, Forbes met the now complainant and offered to assist him in starting his divorce process for an initial fee of $70,000.
The following year, the complainant requested that Forbes put a hold on the divorce proceedings, and Forbes reportedly requested a further sum of $40,000 to do so.
Forbes subsequently provided a decree absolute to the couple who had sought his services.
A report was subsequently made to MOCA, and an investigation was launched.
Forbes was later arrested and taken into police custody following a sting operation was conducted by MOCA detectives.
He was charged after an identification parade was held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Forbes appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court two days later, and was remanded in custody.
He is to return to court on January 6, 2021.
In light of the alleged divorce racket, MOCA reminded the public that divorce settlements “can only be legally executed by an attorney-at-law through the Supreme Court”.
Meanwhile, MOCA said members of the public who may have any information that could assist in any investigation, to call MOCA at 876-906-6318, 876-906-5848 or 1-800-CORRUPT, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org