Tax Employee Sentenced To One-Year Probation For Embezzlement
Steven Ming, an employee of the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday.
Ming, who was charged with fraudulent conversion and embezzlement, was sentenced to one year’s probation and has paid $215,000 to the courts as restitution.
The court heard that in 2016 Ming collected sums of money from taxpayers in respect of property tax on behalf of TAJ and used these sums for his own benefit.
Meanwhile, another player in a pension fraud scheme perpetrated against the Ministry of Labour & Social Security has been sentenced by the court.
Oshea Montique, a former bank employee, was on Monday sentenced by the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to one year’s probation and paid $620,000 as restitution.
Montique had pleaded guilty to eight counts of causing monies to be paid out.
He was arrested and later charged by officers of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) of the Ministry of Finance on February 23, 2018.
In the same matter, Elvis Simms, a former employee of the Labour Ministry, pleaded guilty to six counts of receiving stolen property, four counts of obtaining money by false pretence, four counts of uttering forged documents, and one count of conspiracy to defraud and is to be sentenced on February 26, 2019 for his role in the scheme.
Simms has already been sentenced to six months at hard labour, suspended for one year, in respect of one charge of obtaining money by false pretence, and has, to date, made restitution amounting to $242,000.
George Parnell, Dwainton Williams, Renardo White and Rupert Rodriques, all former employees of the Labour Ministry who were also arrested and charged in the same matter, will have their cases continue on February 7, 2019.
Two other accused, Nadine Robinson Ricketts and Roderick Brown, were previously sentenced by the court with Brown repaying $1.9 million.
Acting Commissioner of the RPD, Cranston G. Morgan states,“The RPD will pursue without fear or favour those who would deprive the public purse of much-needed revenue.”
“The matter concerning the fraud against the Ministry of Labour and the pensioners is particularly painful as it impacts those among us who, having contributed to nation building in their own way, are now being deprived of their benefits.”
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