A woman was hit with creating public mischief and extortion charges by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) after she allegedly plotted her own kidnapping to extort money from her family.
Shameka Miller was charged on Tuesday for conspiring with her accomplices to trick her relatives that she was being held against her will. The 27-year-old, who lives at Phase 1, Seaview Gardens in Kingston 11, is a customer service representative and on Monday, July 4, she faked her kidding.
According to the allegations, around 4:45 p.m. Miller and her accomplices contacted her family claiming that she was kidnapped and demanded money for her release.
It also stated that video footage of a gun being held to her head was sent to her family members to prove that she was held hostage, but when her demands were not met, she claimed she was released.
Reporting that she was set free, Miller said she was released on Spanish Town Road, Kingston 11.
The police started a probe into the incident and reported that the kidnapping was faked. Following the investigation, the police reported that Miller was arrested. With her attorney present, she was interviewed and then charged, but her court date has not yet been set.
Speaking to The Star, CTOC’s head, Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony McLaughlin, said that Miller’s accomplices are at large, but given that they have identified them, investigations are being done to locate them soon. Stressing that it is “a very serious criminal offence”, he appealed to the public to resist committing these crimes.
Watch the video of the alleged kidnapping below.