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Jamaica: Vaz says criminals used his family photo in multimillion scam

As detectives step up their investigation into the multimillion fraud case involving persons using the image of Government Minister, Daryl Vaz to fleece millions, the politician has come out to speak on the matter.

In a post on social media, Vaz said criminals used a photo of his family to deceive victims.

“These persons have resorted to the lowest of lows. I am unsure of how this person got hold of this picture but I am thankful to the @JamaicaConstab for their swift action. My family pic was used in an attempt to deceive persons that this was me by this person,” said Vaz in the post.

Detectives from the Kingston Western Proactive Investigation Unit, in a release, said they have since arrested and charge a man, who they believe is the main suspect.

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.

Detectives report 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. 

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