Jamaica News: Sentencing has been deferred for a United States resident who arrived in the island with over US$60,000 which he failed to declare.
Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Subaran of a Decatur, Georgia, USA address, and also of New Town, Black River in St Elizabeth, appeared in the St. James Parish Court on Thursday on charges of failure to declare cash and possession of criminal property.
Reports are that on February 8, 2018, Subaran arrived at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on a flight from the United States when he was stopped in relation to a firearm that he had a permit for.
Further enquiries and interviews led to the discovery of cash amounting to US$60,300 concealed in boxes.
The total sum was seized and forfeited under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
In court on Thursday, presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small, having read the social enquiry report, said the report contents were good. The factors that she considered in determining the sentence was the findings of the report, Subaran’s previous good character, his antecedents and his early plea of guilty.
Having taken those factors into consideration, she said a custodial sentence was not justified.
Consequently, she ordered the accused man to pay a fine of $75, 000 or six months for failing to declare the cash and $300,000 or six months for having criminal property in his possession.
But after Subaran’s lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson Q.C. heard the fines, he requested some time to pay those fines.
The judge at that point postponed sentencing until April 15 and Subaran’s bail was extended.