Jamaica police probe fraud case at teachers union

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police in Jamaica say they are investigating a significant fraud case at the teachers union and the union’s entire accounting staff has been put on leave.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force says detectives are “working around the clock” collecting statements and interviews.

In a Wednesday statement, the Jamaica Teachers Association says “accounting irregularities” were found during a recent audit. It did not disclose any specifics about the extent of the irregularities.

The union says that it is cooperating fully with police and that the fraud investigation does not involve its credit union.

Union president-elect Mark Nicely describes the fraud case as “major” and “unprecedented.”

Outgoing union president Clayton Hall has not returned calls seeking comment.

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