Dr. Ford guilty!

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dr-ford.jpgPopular family physician, Dr Jephthah Ford, has been found guilty of corruption charges.

The verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece.

He is to return to court on August 22 when a date will be set for sentencing.

Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice following an incident in 2014 in which two Surinamese men were held with US$533,886 or J$55 million, during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road, in St Andrew.

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The trial, which began in 2016, featuring testimony from Police Sergeant Franklyn McLaren that he secretly made a recording of Ford offering him millions of dollars to end the investigation against the two men and release the cash.

In April 2014, Dr. Ford was offered bail in the sum of J$1 million when he appeared in court to answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was allegedly caught on camera trying to bribe a policeman, offering him 40 per cent of approximately J$60 million that was seized from two Surinamese nationals. Ford had contacted the policeman a day before the foreigners were taken before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and promised to give him the funds if he decided against taking the men to court and returned the money to them.

Allegations were that Dr Ford first offered the policeman 25 per cent of the money, but after he gave the policeman a chance to determine how much he wanted, settled at 40 per cent, when the cop reportedly suggested 50 per cent.

 

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