Cop allegedly offered $100,000 to colleague to release lotto scammer

A police corporal who allegedly acted on behalf of a ‘big man’ and offered a detective $100,000 to drop charges that had been laid against a lottery scammer, has been slapped with corruption charges.

The accused, Corporal Winston Williams, is to return to the St James Parish Court on March 18, when the case is again to be mentioned.

Williams was slapped with charges of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on January 27.

That same day, Williams made his first court appearance and was granted bail in the sum of $500,000, a release from MOCA stated.

In relation to the allegations against Williams, it was reported that he telephoned and requested a meeting with a detective from MOCA, who had arrested and charged an individual for lottery scamming.

The detective reportedly informed his supervisor, and then subsequently met with Williams.

“During the meeting, Williams told the detective that he collected a sum of $100,000 from a ‘big man’ for him, the detective, to forego laying charges against the individual he arrested for the lottery scamming,” MOCA reported.

Further reports are that the detective declined the offer, and reported the alleged actions of Williams to his supervisor.

An investigation was then launched, and a file was subsequently prepared and submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), which later ruled that Williams should be charged.

Meanwhile, MOCA is reminding members of the public who may have any information that could assist in any investigation to call them at 876-906-6318, 876-906-5848 or contact them by email at moca@jcf.gov.jm

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