Mastermind Inmate and Accomplices Charged in Overseas Employment Fraud Scheme

Three sisters, an inmate and another man were yesterday charged by detectives from MOCA for Obtaining Money by means of False Pretence and Conspiracy to Defraud. They are:

  • Felicia, Simone and Suzette Nembhard all of Spanish Town, St. Catherine addresses.
  • Nicholas Williams of Mount Pleasant District, Manchester
  • Everton Boothe, an Inmate at one of the island’s Correctional Facilities, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the scheme.  

In November 2016 a report was made to MOCA stating that persons purporting to be employees of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security were fleecing persons of money with the promise of providing them with overseas employment. Following investigations, the identities of the suspects were obtained, resulting in an operation being carried out by MOCA, Mobile Reserve and the Manchester Operational Support Team on Thursday March 9 2017.

During that operation, the Nembhard sisters and Williams were arrested and an interview session was conducted with them in which Boothe’s identity and involvement was revealed. Acting on this information, MOCA enlisted the assistance of the Department of Correctional Services and this led to a search of Boothe’s cell. During the search, several items were uplifted that proving to be of significant value to investigation.

All five persons will appear in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday March 21, 2017.

SSP. Dean Taylor, Director of Investigations for MOCA wishes to remind members of the public that persons seeking employment through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Programme are not required to pay for this service. They are also urged to visit MOCA if they feel they have been victims of this scam. Investigation into the matter continues.

MOCA wishes to remind members of the public who may have any information that could assist in any investigation to call MOCA at 754-3435 or 906-5099 or 851-0113 or 1-800-CORRUPT or by email at moca@jcf.gov.jm  More information is on the MOCA.gov.jm website or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MOCAJamaica and follow MOCA on Twitter @MOCAJamaica.