'Foodie' arrested, charged for stealing almost $2 million

April 03, 2024

The police in St Elizabeth have arrested and 36-year-old businessman Dwight Johnson, after he allegedly made off with almost $2 million following a failed transaction. 

According to police reports, on February 22, the complainants accompanied Johnson and another individual to a bank to purchase the US equivalent to JMD $1,960,000.

It is further reported that during the transaction, one of the individuals substituted the intended bag of currency with another containing only US one dollar notes, absconding with the substantial sum.

An investigation was launched and Johnson, who was identified as a suspect, was arrested in Clarendon.

Acting Superintendent Coleridge Minto, while acknowledging that one suspect remains at large, urges the public to exercise vigilance against individuals involved in the sale or purchase of US currency outside of authorised financial institutions.

Minto emphasises the importance of conducting such transactions through legitimate channels.

“Notably, this scam is not new, but has resurfaced. This incident marks the third reported occurrence since the beginning of the year,” he said.

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