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Accused Bank Fraudster in Custody

The alleged mastermind behind a multi-million dollar fraud plaguing banks across the island is now in police custody.

He is 23-year-old Andre Beckford, who was brought before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court yesterday.

He’s said to have breached his bail conditions and was taken into custody last week by Detectives attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigative branch, C-TOC.

Two other persons charged jointly with him were also remanded.

They are Kelisha Simmonds and Clyde McDonald.

Investigators allege that Beckford has been at the center of the fraud in which millions of dollars were illegally transferred from several accounts over the last two years.

He was allegedly targeting customers’ accounts at financial institutions in the Corporate Area, St. Ann, St. Elizabeth and other parishes.

C-TOC says the three accused have been hacking into accounts after banking information was leaked to them.

They then created bank accounts in the names of accomplices to which the money was transferred and cash withdrawn.

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