Antigua’s DPP hit with additional fraud charges in Jamaica

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New fraud charges were this morning laid against Antigua’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Anthony Armstrong, who was arrested and charged in connection with three land transactions.

It was disclosed Thursday morning, when the matter was mentioned in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, that three counts, each, of uttering forged documents and forgery were laid against the accused.

The clerk of the court  informed the judge that the investigator explained that the new charges arose after further review of the case file.

Additionally, she said the investigator informed that the charges were initially not laid because she was rushing to get the matter before the court.

Charging that the police did a “rush job”, Armstrong’s lead attorney, Hugh Wildman,  questioned why the charges were not laid and suggested that the investigator be impeached.

He argued that she had informed the court on Monday that the file was complete and gave no indication that she was contemplating new charges.

“Did she dream up these charges overnight?” he asked.

The Jamaican lawyer was arrested on Saturday on his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport and charged with conspiracy to defraud and fraudulent conversion.

The charges reportedly stem from the sale of three properties 18 years ago in Jamaica, in which Armstrong represented the complainant, who was the vendor.

Armstrong contends that the proceeds of the sale were paid over to the complainant’s father, who he had authorised to be his agent, while he was incarcerated in the USA.

The complainant in the matter had reported Armstrong to the General Legal Council (GLC) over the matter.

The Disciplinary Committee of the GLC in February found that Armstrong was guilty of professional misconduct for signing a document for a client who was not present.

In the meantime, in light of the new charges, the judge delayed ruling on whether Armstrong’s passport will be returned.

Armstrong’s $500,000 bail was extended until November 16.

SOURCE: Jamaica Gleaner

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Professional misconduct….. I believe a very prominent attorney in Antigua will soon be charged in a separate case in the miss handling of clients funds. Stay turned.

  2. Professional misconduct….. I believe a very prominent attorney in Antigua will soon be charged in a separate case in the miss handling of clients funds. Stay turned.

  3. I wonder how the man who is attorney general in Antigua was never charged with professional misconduct.? I remember a client was preparing to take him to court for her money, which he magically found after his party won the election after years of the women waiting. Then there is the passport scandal, but I guess only in Antigua he could be attorney general.

  4. Because in the ABLP all the crooks stick together and have each other‘s backs. How
    you think they get away with it? I imagine it would be very difficult to go up against an attorney since he has unlimited legal access. I hope someone comes along with the money, connections and the time to bring these criminals to the knees.
    THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW…they have gotten away with so much, for so long. They have enriched themselves from the hard work of others then decide to not give people there hard earned money.

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