September 26, 2019
Recently, TCS Forensics’ very own certified Computer Forensic Examiner, Andrew Anderson, was brought in by the Jamaican government for ten days, as an expert witness to testify at a hearing for the alleged $400 Million fraud trial at the Manchester Municipal Corporation.
Andrew was one of the key investigators in this case that led to eight defendants being brought to court on charges of forgery, conspiracy to commit fraud, obtaining money under false pretences and the facilitation of the retention of criminal property.
Those being charged include former Manchester Municipal Corporation employees, Sanja Elliott, deputy superintendent of road & works; David Harris, the director of finance; Kindale Roberts, works overseer; The wife and parents of Sanja Elliott, Tasha Gaye and Edwardo and Myrtle Elliott; Dwayne Sibblies, an employee of Sanja Elliott; and Radcliffe McLean, former senior staff member of a commercial bank.
Among the major exhibits before the court that were the focus of the proceedings, were two cellphones and a modified SIM card from a Samsung phone.
“Expert witness Andrew Anderson, a former police constable who worked at the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) as a computer forensic examiner, told the court that the Samsung mobile phone containing the SIM card before the court was among digital devices seized at the residence of one of the accused, David Harris, former director of finance at the municipality, during a police operation in June 2016.”
On the first day of the hearing, Andrew faced day-long cross-examination from four defence lawyers in the Porus division of the Manchester Parish Court.
As an expert witness called to testify, Andrew told the court that the evidence was a recorded conversation between David Harris and co-accused Sanja Elliott. The conversation was extracted from the SIM card and transferred to compact discs (CDs) using an accredited software known as Cellebrite, which is developed by an Israeli company.
(Andrew is a certified as a Celebrate Mobile Forensic Fundamental (CMFF), Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCO), Celebrate Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) and Celebrate Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME)).
After giving his expert testimony, Andrew is now back in the TCS Forensics head office, doing what he does best. Meanwhile, the Manchester fraud trial continues.