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St Ann man charged for impersonating FLA investigator

Jamaica Observer 2019-11-09 04:34:45

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) has charged a Discovery Bay, St Ann man for allegedly impersonating an investigator from the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

According to MOCA, Jason Walsh was arrested and charged by detectives on Tuesday, October 15, with obtaining money by means of false pretence.

It is alleged that in 2016 a businessman applied to the FLA for a Firearm User's Licence. During a meeting at the FLA, he was informed by the interviewer that an investigator will make contact with him to continue the investigation process.

Later that year, the complainant was contacted by Walsh who claimed he was an investigator with FLA and was assigned to conduct further investigations regarding his application.

Both parties met and Walsh conducted an inspection of a safe at the complainant's premises.  He also collected $75,000 from the complainant, which he promised to handover to the firearms dealer as payment for the firearm.

After efforts to contact Walsh failed, the complainant reported the matter to MOCA. An investigation revealed that Walsh was never employed by the FLA nor was he authorised to conduct business on behalf of the entity.

Walsh was remanded in custody after appearing before the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday, October 18.  He is expected to return to court on Monday, November 18.