Former top Petrojam officials plead not guilty to fraud charges

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Former Petrojam chairman Dr. Perceval Bahado-Singh (left) and former general manager Floyd Grindley.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former general manager of petroleum refinery Petrojam Floyd Grindley and former chairman Dr. Perceval Bahado-Singh were granted bail Wednesday morning after pleading not guilty fraud-related charges.

Chief Parish Court judge Chester Crooks ordered the two to surrender their travel documents and return before him on Thursday.

Their court appearance came a day after Grindley was arrested and charged.

On Tuesday, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) announced in a statement that Grindley was facing eight counts of aiding and abetting obtaining money using pretense.

A week prior, MOCA said Dr. Bahado-Singh was slapped with 12 fraud charges related to US$73,620 that he allegedly dishonestly obtained during the time he led the board at Jamaica’s sole petroleum refinery.

It is alleged that between December 2016 and May 2018, Dr. Bahado-Singh fraudulently claimed several reimbursements and was paid the monies by Petrojam for overseas business trips that he never attended.

According to MOCA, Grindley allegedly aided and abetted Dr. Bahado-Singh and the process he used to claim the reimbursements fraudulently.

The agency, which is focused on tackling corruption in the public sector and bringing high-value criminal targets to justice, said it had conducted a thorough multijurisdictional investigation into the allegations against the two former Petrojam officials and prepared and submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecution who ruled that criminal charges be filed.

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