JAM | May 3, 2023

Fifth suspect in HEART Trust NSTA fraud case nabbed at Norman Manley International Airport

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A fifth suspect has been arrested and charged on Tuesday (May 2) by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) in connection to an ongoing investigation into an alleged $8 million fraud case at HEART Trust NSTA.

Charged is 36-year-old Ricardo Golden, a key suspect in the investigation.

Golden was nabbed by the police as he attempted to board a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.

Golden was picked up by MOCA agents after he failed to report to the Agency for questioning as instructed.

He was charged with receiving stolen property, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering and is scheduled to appear in court later this week.

Major Basil Jarrett, Director of Communications at MOCA (LinkedIn Photo).

Major Basil Jarrett, Director of Communications at MOCA, said that Golden is now the fifth person to be charged in connection with an investigation that has been ongoing since 2018.

The other persons charged to date are Anna-Kay Phinn-Tyrell and her husband Michael Tyrell, former employees at the HEART Trust, as well as Tasha Bucknor and Shamar Bell, all of whom are presently before the courts.

All five are alleged to have been part of a conspiracy to fraudulently move money from the HEART Trust NTA to the accounts of persons who were neither employees nor contracted workers of the entity.

Major Jarrett praised the NMIA police for their support in carrying out today’s operations and lauded the team for their swift and professional conduct.

He is also reminding persons to continue to report instances of corruption and organized crime to MOCA’s newly created tip hotline, 888-MOCA-TIP (888-662-2847).


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