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A Third Person Convicted in the ‘Dead Claims’ Matter

Mr. Kemar Lewis, a resident of a Whitehall Avenue address, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud charges when he appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court, on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

Mr. Lewis is the third person to plead guilty in what was popularly called the “Dead Claims” scheme.

He is to be sentenced on June 5, 2017.

The scheme involved re-activating accounts in the names of deceased pensioners and siphoning off the amounts that would have been due to them had they still been alive.

His plea follows that of Wayne McKenzie who pleaded guilty to a charge of Conspiracy to Defraud in the scam and was, on December 1, 2016, sentenced to twelve months imprisonment at hard labour.

On February 13, 2015, Julio Parkinson the mastermind, an employee of the Accountant General’s Department, pleaded guilty on 44 counts of obtaining money by means of false pretence and was sentenced to three years each, to run concurrently.

Four persons remain before the Court on various charges in the matter. They are Troy Blythe, Anthony Munroe, Rameish Watson and Roxanne Crosdale, an employee of the Accountant General’s Department.

Their arrests occurred after weeks of intensive investigation, and a pre-dawn operation conducted jointly by the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), on Tuesday October 28, 2014. Persons who might have any information that may assist the RPD in this or any other matter, are being encouraged to contact RPD at 1-888-CALLRPD (225-5773); email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; twitter @rpditalk or MOCA at 754-3435 or 906-6318 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the MOCA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MOCAJamaica.


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