St. James Man Hit With 5 Counts Of Fraud For Fake Food Handlers Permit

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A St James man has been charged with five counts of fraud after being linked to a bogus food handlers permit scheme in the parish.

He’s been identified as Calvin Smith otherwise called Ricky Chef.

Nationwide News understands Smith worked at a local resort in the parish and has solicited monies from scores of people to renew their food handlers permits.

Smith who’s from Rose Heights, St James was arrested last Friday in the parish.

Meanwhile, Regional Director of the Western Regional Health Authority, WRHA, Errol Green today confirmed that several food establishments and hotels in western Jamaica have been operating with fake food handlers permits.

But, he says his team’s denying any wrongdoing or collusion in relation to the matter.

Errol Green, Regional Director of the WRHA, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.

Meanwhile, police in the parish are asking other persons who may have been victims of the bogus food handlers permit scheme to contact them.



Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.


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