Engineer Facing Corruption Charges in Connection with $85m Seizure

An operations engineer at the National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) has been slapped with corruption charges in connection with the seizure of nearly $85-million in cash.

NESOL is a department of the Energy Ministry tasked with ensuring Jamaicans have access to electricity.

The Police believe the employee gained access to the cash via an illegal trade which he’s allegedly involved in, outside of his 9-to-5 job.

Lawrence Pommells is the employee facing criminal charges. He’s been employed at NESOL since 2011. His Attorney is Christopher Townsend.

It’s understood that on the weekend, investigators at the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch, C-TOC, went to a house occupied by Pommells in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

Over $30-million in cash and several expensive watches were seized. The Police also confiscated a number of high-end motor vehicles.

A few days later, wads of additional cash were seized at a location connected to Pommells.

It’s understood Pommels is also accused of making an offer to the Police to end the investigation in exchange for cash.

Mr. Townsend says he’ll be focusing on securing bail for his client tomorrow before a determination is made about his client’s posture regarding the allegations.

It’s also understood the police are moving to find out where Pommells got the money from.

When contacted, the C-TOC Head, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Fitz Bailey, confirmed that charges have been laid on Pommells.

The Gleaner newspaper indicated on the weekend and today that Pommells told the Police he got the money from a political figure to invest.

ACP Bailey says he’s unaware of that being said or that any political figure is under investigation regarding the Lawrence Pommels case.

Pommels’ Attorney is also denying the allegation.

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