JLP Politician Charged With Forging Portia’s Signature, Ripping Off Telecoms Executives

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Businessman and politician Peter Sangster has been charged by MOCA in relation to the forging of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s signature, among other things.

The alleged forgery relates to a document purporting to approve “waiver” of levy owed by a telecoms company of which Sangster was a director.

Sangster is also accused of soliciting and obtaining payment of several thousand US for the “waiver”.

Sangster — who was a candidate of the Jamaica Labour Party (East Kingston and Port Royal) in the 2011 General Election — was taken into custody Tuesday, Loop News has been informed.

The Cherry Gardens, St Andrew, resident was charged Friday with obtaining property by false pretence and uttering forged document, police sources informed Loop News.

Sangster, 47, is expected to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this week for a possible bail application.

Sangster is believed to have forged Simpson Miller’s signature in 2013 to give the impression that she waived the multimillion dollar levy owed by Jamus Communications Ltd.

Jamus Communications was three years earlier granted a licence under the JLP government to provide telecoms service in Jamaica.

MOCA detectives believe that Sangster — who was caretaker for the East Kingston Constituency at the time — solicited and obtained monies from Jamus Communications operating partners Ricardo Cruz and Saul Perez to secure from the governmen the waiver of the levy overdue to the Universal Service Fund.

It is believed that cash, in excess of US$150,000, was transferred to Bank of America accounts in New Yok — one under the name Peter and Tania Sangster and the other Sangster Group LLC.

MOCA last year obtained a court order in the US to search for Sangster’s assets in that country and to secure the banking records of Peter and Tania Sangster and Sangster Group LLC.

It is believed that LIME — as the company was then called — terminated Jamus Communications’ services due to the overdue levy which was about US $570,000 at the time.

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