JUTC Smarter Card fraud not surprising

November 3rd, 2014

The Smarter Card fraud uncovered at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) recently, is not very surprising to me. Throughout the years, one fraudulent case or another has been connected to this bus company. In 2013, JUTC’s Managing Director, Colin Campbell said that “the company estimates that fraud accounts for five per cent or $550,000 of daily revenue”.

In December 2013, an article was written in The Gleaner entitled, “JUTC makes plans to aggressively fight fraud”. This article indicated that the bus company was continuing an “aggressive drive to root out fraud and stem revenue leakage at the company”. I know that the management of JUTC has been trying, particularly with the introduction of the Smarter Card operations; however, some Jamaican people seem to always find a way to commit fraud even when there seems to be no way at all.

According to media outlets, in this particular case, a number of JUTC drivers got cards during a recent Smarter Card double up promotional activity. Some drivers even got their relatives and friends to obtain these cards. The drivers then leaked money from JUTC by using these cards but pocketing the actual cash given to them by passengers. This scam, according to JUTC, has been causing the bus company to lose millions of dollars.

What do you think about this case? Is this scam surprising? Go ahead and have your say…


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3 Responses to “JUTC Smarter Card fraud not surprising”

  1. Jojo says:

    Sadly ppl blame the gov. everyday,
    but the ppl too contribute in destroying
    JA. Investors say when they can get armed
    guards in businesses to protect the company
    employee thefts takes away any profits.

    Jutc slow leak will never stop until cash
    is not collected on the buses, I’ve said
    that before…have top-up places and all
    transactions accounted for with regular
    audits.Everyone should have a card

    Some of these Kleptos try to justify things
    by complaining about pay…well maybe they
    should’nt accept a job they know wont do &
    then steal anything not nailed down. Only
    the Indians & Chinese aren’t robbed blind
    because they have them work all 8 hrs, no
    cell-phone use, and some gets less than the
    minimum wage.

    Jutc need to have mandatory sentences also
    gov. services for these thieves.

  2. Lawry says:

    All the Government institutions should be Audited !!! The Correctional Services, Hospitals, Clinics, Schools, Fire services, Police Force just to name a few…. All are packed with theifing employees who is defrauding the system from pin to anchor… So Im suggesting the same vigilance that is been carried out in the JUTC for the above-mentioned… We Jamaicans are our biggest problem …Not the Government .. When wi naah theif, wi a beg & cuss politicians for our own slackness… we sucked out our own blood and blamed others…that is how wicked & disgusting we are…

  3. Marla Wilheim m says:

    I will say it again. Poor people are their own worst enemy. The only time we are compliant is when someone over us with a big stick. Backramaster mentality a go kill we. We too thief. We na no wok but when we get it, we thief out de profit. How can such a business survive. Let us start a ‘THINK B4 U ACT’ drive.

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