Forty-five-year-old Taxi Operator, Joseph Nickle was on Monday November 6, 2017, charged by detectives from MOCA-West for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.
On October 3, 2017, police personnel from the Negril Marine Police seized a vessel along the shoreline of Little Baby Beach in Westmoreland. It is alleged that later in October, Nickle visited the Negril Police Station with documents for the vessel claiming to be the owner. Upon inspection of the documents presented, the authenticity of the documents was questioned. Nickle then offered the Police Sergeant One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) in order for him to avoid prosecution and the release of the vessel.
Subsequent to making arrangements for the payment transaction, the Sergeant reported the matter to MOCA-West. This led to detectives conducting an operation resulting in the Nickle’s arrest on Friday November 3, 2017, after he handed over the money to the policeman. He was later interviewed in the presence of his attorney following which he was charged.
He will appear in the Westmoreland Parish Court on Tuesday November 14, 2017.
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