Claudine Morgan, a cashier from the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) was sentenced on May 29, 2017, to a fine of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($J100,000.00)or six months imprisonment at hard labour on the charge of Possession of Data Device and a sentence of six months imprisonment at hard labour suspended for two years on the charge of Possession of Identity Information; after pleading guilty in the St. James Resident Magistrate’s Court to charges laid against her by the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) under the Cybercrimes Act.
This conviction is significant in light of the increase in cybercrimes, and is the first such conviction for the RPD under this critical piece of legislation. Miss Morgan was arrested and charged in September 2013.
Miss Morgan was assigned to perform cashier duties at the Firearm Licensing Authority‘s Montego Bay office. The allegations were that whilst performing these duties, Miss Morgan used a ‘skimming’ device to capture data from debit cards presented to her by persons paying for firearm licences. The full investigation revealed that information obtained in this manner was passed to others and these customers were subsequently defrauded of sums by way of withdrawals from ATMs.