Main suspect arrested in multi-million dollar fraud case


Police have cracked a multimillion dollar fraud case, following the arrest and charge of the main suspect.

This, following investigations into a motor vehicle auction scam, where complainants have been fleeced of millions of dollars.

The accused has been identified as Shawn Latham, a 35-year-old merchandiser, of Knightsdale Drive, Kingston 19, who has been charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretence and Fraudulent Conversion.

Police reports are that between Wednesday, June 9 and Monday June 14, Latham used the image and name of Government Minister and Western Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz to lure unsuspecting people to purchase motor vehicles through an alleged auction at the Kingston Wharf. Through phone calls and instant messaging, Latham reportedly told the complainants that he was Daryl Vaz and he had connections with upcoming motor vehicle auctions.

The complainants subsequently paid out over $4-million to the accused man for two motor vehicles.

After the money was paid over, the complainants suspected some ambiguities and reported the matter to the Police. A sting operation was arranged by the Police on June 14, where the accused man was arrested.