Court date set for credit card thief charged by FID

A 33-year-old St. Catherine woman is set to face the court on September 29, 20 to answer to charges related to breaches of the Cybercrimes Act and money laundering offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Peter-Gay Hylton of Westmore Gardens in Spanish Town was arrested and charged by detectives assigned to the Financial Investigation Division (FID) on August 28, 2020

Hylton is alleged to have illegally obtained a credit card issued to an elderly Jamaican man. She subsequently used the card to conduct transactions on her gaming account at a Corporate Area gaming lounge which included applying credit to her account which was later converted to cash and handed over to her at the end of her gaming session. It is estimated that she stole approximately JMD 500,000.

In 2019, Hylton was listed as a person of interest by the police and asked to report to the nearest Police Station, however, she did not comply. Following a joint investigation between the FID and the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch, C-TOC she was located and arrested.

Chief Technical Director of the FID, Selvin Hay said, “The FID is cognizant of the use of casinos and gaming lounges by criminals to launder funds obtained from illegal activities. Despite the gaming industry in Jamaica being less developed in comparison to other countries such as the Bahamas and the United States, there are adequate provisions in law to detect and report incidents of money laundering within these businesses.”

Since her arrest, Hylton was granted bail in the sum of JMD 150,000.