Cop who asked for cash to investigate crash fined

25 April 2017
Policeman fined $250,000 after soliciting $10,000 from motorist.

Constable Lewelyn Martin of the St Catherine Police Division was recently fined $250,000 or six months’ imprisonment for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

According to a release from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency (MOCA), in August 2012, Martin solicited $10,000 from a motorist who was involved in an accident along the Mount Rosser main road, to investigate the incident.

After paying over $8,000 to the policeman, MOCA said the complainant was unable to get an update about the matter. He reportedly expressed his concern to another member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who advised him that payment is not required for a matter that is being investigated by the police. That policeman also advised him to report the matter to the then JCF Anti-Corruption Branch.

MOCA said a file was prepared and submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, which ruled that Martin be charged for the offence of corruptly soliciting and accepting, contrary to Section 14 of the Corruption Prevention Act of 2000.