FID, CTOC and St. Andrew South Police Nab More Suspects in Bank Fraud

In a decisive strike against fraud being perpetrated against customers of banks, the Financial Investigations Division (FID) along with officers from the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) and supported by the St. Andrew South Police Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), executed a coordinated operation in the early hours of Thursday, March 14, 2024. This led to the arrest of Javina Baker and Daniel McNaughton, two individuals implicated in a web of financial fraud being investigated by the Constabulary Financial Unit.

Commencing before dawn, the team of 18 officers descended upon two residences located on Delmonte Avenue and Calladium Crescent in the Kingston 11 area. With authorized search warrants, the operation was carried out with precision and concluded with no incidents, reflecting the high standards and professionalism of our enforcement teams.

Seized during this operation were multiple cellular phones, which are currently undergoing forensic analysis. Baker and McNaughton were detained and escorted to the Olympic Gardens Police Station where, following an interview under caution in the presence of legal representation, a series of charges were laid.

Javina Baker faces charges of:

  • Conspiracy To Defraud,
  • Unauthorized Access To Computer Data, and
  • Making a Device Available for Committing an Offence.


Daniel McNaughton has been charged with:

  • Simple Larceny,
  • Conspiracy To Defraud,
  • Possession of Criminal Property,
  • Engaging In a Transaction Involving Criminal Property,
  • Unauthorized Access to Computer Data, and
  • Making a Device Available for Committing an Offence.

The FID has identified and received multiple reports of a disturbing surge in fraudulent schemes targeting banking institutions and their clientele over the past 12 months. A targeted allocation of investigative resources has been dedicated to countering this trend, with the goal of identifying and prosecuting all related parties, including those who support laundering the stolen funds through their bank accounts.

Over the last year, 15 individuals have been charged for their involvement in the theft of bank customer credentials and personal data, subsequently enabling the illicit use of the victims’ money, primarily through online transactions. These individuals are currently before the Courts. Several other persons, who are suspected to be involved in this fraudulent scheme, are being investigated by the FID.

Keith Darien – Principal Director of Investigations, FID

The FID’s Principal Director of Investigations, Keith Darien, commented on the trend and the arrests, “Over the last 12 months, the FID has observed what seems to be an increase  in fraudulent activities against banks and their customers. We have allocated resources to this emerging trend,  aimed at investigating and prosecuting all persons involved,  including those who facilitated the crime, by allowing the use of their banks accounts to launder money fleeced from victims’ accounts.”

He added, “We urge persons to resist the temptation of getting involved in financial crimes, as the FID and its partners are adequately resourced  to investigate these matters and  ensure that you do not benefit from the proceeds of crime.”

The arrests are indicative of the sustained efforts by the FID and the JCF to intensify collaborative measures in our ongoing battle against financial crimes while broadening the application of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) across law enforcement. These strategic actions are a testament to the robustness of our operations and our unwavering commitment to enforcing the law and protecting the community.

The Financial Investigations Division remains dedicated to eradicating financial crime and protecting economic stability through collaborative efforts, rigorous investigation, and strategic enforcement.

A cautionary appeal is extended to the public to abstain from engaging in financial crimes. The FID is fully equipped to conduct thorough investigations and to lead evidence-based prosecutions in the Courts, thereby ensuring that criminal activities are neither profitable nor sustainable.