Car Dealer in POCA Trouble

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A Mandeville based car dealer, Peter Blake has been sentenced to 60 days in jail or a fine of $100,000, after pleading guilty to making a cash transaction in excess of $1-million.

The sentence was handed down yesterday in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate’s Court.

Blake is one of four persons who have been charged in an investigation that began in June, with a raid at a home belonging to Yoko Owens in Georges Plain, Westmoreland.

During the raid, the Police discovered that on Monday, March 16, Trevor Wallace, a 48-year-old contractor of the same community purchased a 2011 Toyota Axio motorcar from Blake for $1.5-million in cash.

That transaction is a breach of the Proceeds of Crime Act, POCA.

The Police suspect that Wallace purchased the motor vehicle on behalf of Owens, who obtained the funds through lottery scamming.

Another raid was carried out at Owens’ home on July 1, which led to the discovery of identity information and $425,000 in cash.

Owens and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Tellisha Samuels were arrested and charged for possession of identity information and the cash seized.

They are to appear in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court on December 15 to answer to the lottery scamming charges.

The forfeiture of the cash is also being pursued.

Detectives continued probing and conducted a search of Wallace’s home.

He was later arrested and charged under POCA for a cash transaction in excess of $1-million.

Wallace appeared before the Mandeville Resident Magistrate’s Court on July 22 and is to return on November 18.

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