KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday March 31, 2017 – A businessman and former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate has been charged with forging the signature of former People’s National Party (PNP) leader and former prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller.
Managing director of Jamus Communications, Peter Sangster, was released on J$1 million (US$7,804) bail when he appeared in court yesterday on charges of forgery, obtaining money by false pretense, and uttering forged documents between January 2011 and August 2013.
Sangster, who unsuccessfully ran in the East Kingston constituency for the JLP in the 2011 general election, was ordered to surrender his travel documents and barred from leaving the country.
The 47-year-old grandnephew of Jamaica’s second prime minister Donald Sangster was also warned that his bail would be revoked if he attempted to contact any witnesses in the case, after prosecutors told the court that he had tried to contact witnesses electronically. Sangster returns to court on May 8.
According to investigators, he obtained more than US$600,000 from the chairman of Jamus Communications after promising to get a waiver for funds owed by the company to the Universal Service Fund (USF), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology mandated to ensure access to information and communication tools to facilitate development.
Sangster presented the waiver supposedly signed by the then prime minister Simpson-Miller.
However, when the document was presented to the USF, it was discovered that the prime minister’s signature had been forged.