Following the arrest of two Sagicor Bank employees in relation to missing funds reportedly amounting to $50 million, the authorities are now investigating the alleged link between the accused and a ritualistic blood cult.
Two female staffers, Tricia Monique Moulton and Malika McLeod, who were both employed at the Sagicor Bank in Liguanea as a manager and personal banker, respectively, were both arrested in October. Moulton and McLeod allegedly created fake accounts under the name of Sagicor customers to transfer funds from legitimate accounts and swindled the money between August and October this year.
Moulton and McLeod’s scheme was discovered during a routine internal audit, and the pair were hit with several charges, including conspiracy to defraud and computer-related fraud. The audit has not yet been completed, but reports have estimated that $50 million was defrauded during the scheme.
According to reports from the Jamaica Observer, in an unexpected turn of events, the authorities are now investigating the connection between the bank fraud and a secret society likened to deceased Pastor Kevin Smith’s cult. A source disclosed to the news outlet that an individual believed to be involved in the fraud revealed that the money was stolen to fund the society, which is headquartered in upper St. Andrew. The organisation is reportedly led by a self-named female spiritual leader who practises various rituals involving blood and animal sacrifices.
Livestock such as goats and cows are allegedly purchased for slaughter, and her followers are instructed to bathe in their blood the day before they go to work. The source also shared that at least two people linked to the Sagicor bank were members of the society, and the spiritual leader gave them several instructions, such as the purchase of cat figurines “to preserve the good order of the universe.”
Suspiciously similar to how Pastor Kevin Smith ran his own “church,” which resulted in member Taneka Gardner having her throat slashed, the society’s members have reportedly alienated themselves from their families and handed over their resources to the organization. The society’s leader is said to have recently purchased expensive properties in the corporate area, which has drawn further attention.
Moulton and McLeod, who were released on bail for the sum of $1 million each, are expected to appear in court next week.