Digicel Files Lawsuit Against US Company


Telecommunications giant, Digicel, has hired a Jamaican private security consulting firm as it’s intensifying investigations into the alleged involvement of a US company in a multi-million-dollar organized crime racket.

Digicel has also taken out a lawsuit in the US against the Oregon-based internet telecoms company, UPM Telecom.

The Irish Times newspaper is reporting that Digicel has hired private investigators Shields Crime and Security Consultants to help it investigate the allegations of fraud.

Shields Crime and Security Consultants, which is based in Kingston, is owned by Jamaica’s former Deputy Police Commissioner, Mark Shields.

According the Court documents, UPM Telecom is being accused of engaging in a multi-million-dollar organised crime racket designed to defraud Digicel units in Haiti.

Digicel’s Haitian operations is considered one of the largest and most profitable parts of its empire.

The company has also called in the Haitian police to help it investigate what’s being described as “bypass fraud”.

According to the Irish Times, the Haitian police have arrested persons in Haiti who Digicel has described in the court documents as “co-conspirators” of UPM.

Contacted this afternoon, Mr. Shields declined to comment.

Digicel’s Pacific’s Public Relations Executive, Gillian Power, told our news center the company would not comment on the dispute because the matter is currently before the Court.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.