Police Commissioner loses over $1 million after credit card cloned

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Forty-four-year-old businessman, Earl Hobins, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday to answer to a charge of having benefited from the cloning the credit card of former National Security Advisor and now Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.

Hobins has been charged with defrauding General Anderson, with more than $1 million having been reportedly taken from his account.

Anderson took office as Police Commissioner on March 19, 2018.

Fraud Squad detectives began their probe in February of this year after it was discovered that the former Chief of Defence Staff, who was then the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, had been defrauded.

 

When he appeared in court on Thursday, Hobins had his bail extended until May 1.

He was charged by the Fraud Squad after a sum of $83,000, which was reportedly obtained illegally from General Anderson’s credit card, was used to pay Hobins’ son’s school fee at a prominent high school.

Investigators said the illegal activities with the card began on February 22.

According to the police, unscrupulous persons cloned Anderson’s credit card and stole $1.3 million over a period of seven days.

The investigators said a man and a woman created two cloned cards from Anderson’s card, which were used to purchase appliances, car parts, and hair, among other items.

Following investigations, Hobins was arrested and charged on March 9.

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