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More Chinese nationals commit crimes in Jamaica

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More Chinese nationals are appearing in the Jamaica news cycle for crimes in recent time. Last week, three Chinese nationals who were recently charged with financial crimes and breaches of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act (Anti-Gang Legislation), pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges in the St Andrew Parish Court, Half-Way-Tree.  Last week, a Chinese national, who operates a wholesale in the Corporate Area, and one of his employees were hauled before the St Andrew Parish Court today for allegedly beating a man they thought was stealing from the establishment.

 

 

Xiaoping Wong, the Chinese national, and Shervin Nelson, his employee, were both charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. Nelson was also charged with unlawful wounding. 

Zhong Jianping, 38, Guo Shanghai and Zhong Fulin, both 37, pleaded guilty to possession of data devices which comprised magnetic cards, computers, two NSR605 card devices for the purpose of committing an offence. 

Additionally, the men pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property comprising J$5.6 million, US$5,612, Hong Kong $640, $2781 Yen, three Cuban pesos, $110 roubles (Russian currency) which they knew and have reasonable grounds to believe is criminal property contrary to Section 93 of the Proceeds to Crime Act. 

The Chinese were taken into custody on Wednesday, July 13, and charged following investigations, which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers and other paraphernalia used in identity theft.

Last year, A Chinese businessman appeared in court for reportedly assaulting a customer after calling him a "b.... man".

The man, Wei Sheng Wu, 41, of Manor Park, St Andrew, was arrested and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm following allegations that he used a piece of board to hit the complainant across his back. Wu pleaded not guilty in court earlier this year. The incident reportedly occurred on October 23, at 5:50 pm in the vicinity of the accused man's wholesale on Shortwood Road.

 In the most recent case, over 400 credit cards, suspected to be fraudulently manufactured were also seized along with cash amounting to approximately $6 million. 

They were denied bail and remanded on July 29.

Initial charges of forgery of access devices, unauthorised access to computer data, being a member of a criminal organisation and conspiracy to possess criminal property were also dropped on Friday when the prosecution entered a ‘nolle prosequi’. 

The accused will return to court for sentencing on September 14. The prosecution will also on that date seek to have the cash forfeited. 

 

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