US man found with cash in wigs at Jamaican airport convicted

After money was discovered hidden in women’s wigs in his luggage at the Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica airport, a US citizen was found guilty last week in the St. James Parish Court of concealing criminal property and possessing criminal property.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Financial Investigations Division (FID) stated that security guard Kenardo Coke, 30, was sentenced to a $500,000 fine or six months in jail for each offense.

The conviction came when Coke’s US$50,400 was seized at the Donald Sangster International Airport on April 10, 2021.

Following an investigation, Coke was accused of violating the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), according to FID.

According to reports, the investigations also uncovered Coke’s involvement with lottery scamming activities as a result of the finding of lottery scamming equipment in his hands. According to FID, it is thought that the cash was obtained through that illegal conduct.

According to Section 79 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), a court hearing about the forfeiture of the money is scheduled for June 23, 2023, according to FID.

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