Westmoreland Taxi Operator Charged for $100,000 Bribe

Westmoreland Taxi Operator Charged

Westmoreland, Jamaica (Mckoy News)-  Westmoreland Taxi Operator Charged for $100,000 Bribe: Detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) charged a Westmoreland taxi operator on Monday for allegedly breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

The charge arose after the taxi operator reportedly tried to bribe a police officer.

Police reports are that the bribery allegation started on October 3 when there was a seizure of a vessel along the shoreline of Little Baby Beach in Westmoreland.

Further reports indicated that later down in October, the taxi driver, 45-year-old Joseph Nickle, visited the Negril Police Station with documents claiming to be the owner of the vessel.

The documents presented were inspected and authenticity of the papers was questioned by the police.

Nickle then reportedly changed the subject and allegedly offered a police sergeant a sum of $100,000 to avoid prosecution, and also for the release of the vessel.

The said sergeant reportedly arranged for the payment and then reported the matter to MOCA. An operation was set up in which Nickle was observed handing over the money to the policeman.

Nickle was charged after being interviewed in the presence of his attorney, and is scheduled to appear in the Westmoreland Parish Court on November 14, 2017.