The sentencing of Ramiesh Watson, Anthony Munroe and Troy Blythe on January 4 and the verdict of not guilty in relation to Roxanne Crosdale on November 7, 2017, brings to an end the court matter popularly called the Dead Claims matter, with six(6) of the seven(7) persons charged, being held criminally responsible for their actions.
On January 4, 2018, the three, who had each pleaded guilty to one count of Receiving Stolen Property, were sentenced as follows:
Rameish Watson, sentenced to a fine of $500,000.00 or 12 months imprisonment,
Anthony Munroe sentenced to a fine of $250,000.00 or 12 months imprisonment, and
Troy Blythe sentenced to a fine of $200,000.00 or 12 months imprisonment.
Following this, the Financial Investigations Division (FID) made an application for all three Defendants to be committed to the Supreme Court pursuant to section 52 Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) for a Pecuniary Penalty Order Hearing.
The Application was granted and the Hearing is set for February 9, 2018. The three were readmitted to bail in the sum of $300,000.00 with conditions.
Julio Parkinson, the confessed mastermind and a former staff member of the Accountant General’s Department, was sentenced in March 2015 to three (3) years on 44 counts of Obtaining Money by False Pretences and, a second co- conspirator, Wayne McKenzie was sentenced in December 2015, to twelve (12) months at hard Labour.
Kemar Lewis, a third co-conspirator, was sentenced to a fine of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars, or nine months in prison, when he appeared before Her Honor Mrs Simone Wolfe-Reece on Tuesday October 10, 2017 on charges of Conspiracy to Defraud, Receiving Stolen Property and Money Laundering.
On Tuesday November 7, 2017, the Court concluded that the accused Crosdale did not have the
necessary intent to defraud the State based on the charges against her and found her not guilty on all counts. She was subsequently discharged.
The Revenue Protection Division(RDP) was assisted in the prosecution of this matter by the Major Organised Crime & Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Financial Investigations Division (FID).