Alleged Extortionists Formally Charged

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Five persons arrested in relation to an extortion racket spanning Manchester, Clarendon and St. Catherine, have been charged.

The Constabulary’s Corporate Communication Unit, CCU, says they’ve all been charged for extortion and conspiracy to extort.

They’re identified as 64-year-old, Sheila Smith, of Toby Heights, Freetown in Clarendon,

24-year-old Careba Salmon of Wint Way in Mandeville and 21-year-old Biko March of Hillside district, St. Thomas.

Also charged are 21-year-old Keino Powell and 21-year-old Sandre Bogle, both of Bakers Hill, Manchester.

They’re expected to face more charges under the anti-gang legislation.

The group is headed by Sheila Smith — a returning resident from the United Kingdom.

The matter came to public attention earlier this month, following the circulation of extortion letters to business operators in May Pen, Spanish Town and Mandeville.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.