On 22 June, a release on the CFATF website advised that the Government of Jamaica has begun the legal process of seeking to take possession of properties and other assets valued at more than $220 million that have been traced to former Manchester Parish Council (later the Manchester Municipal Corporation or MMC) official Sanja Elliott. The properties and assets, which include an apartment complex consisting of 11 units, a 4-storey family house, 4 residential lots, 6 high-end motor vehicles, as well as several bank accounts, have been frozen by the Supreme Court. He was one of 3 former MMC officials who were found guilty in May for their roles in a scheme used to defraud the local government authority of approximately $400 million. The other persons were David Harris, former Secretary-Manager and Finance Director and Kendale Roberts, former Temporary Works Overseer. His wife and his close friend were also convicted for their involvement in the scheme, which involved the creation of dozens of fictitious payment vouchers in the names of friends and associates of the former local government official. Th case is described as the largest fraud case in Jamaica’s history involving a municipal authority. The 5 convicted persons were offered bail until the date of sentencing on 27 July.
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