36 year-old Woman Police Officer Jenny Tanner, a resident of Caye Caulker, is out on bail tonight after a Canadian National accused her of extortion.
According to police, Christopher John Graham, a dive master reported that on December 11, 2012, he was driving an overcrowded golf cart on Caye Caulker when he was stopped by Tanner, and asked to produce his driver's license.
He said that when he told her that he had none, Tanner told him if he paid her $100 and bought her two Margarita's, she would not charge him for any wrong doings. Graham said that he agreed and gave her $100, and he then took her to a nearby restaurant and bought her the 2 drinks.
After doing so, he went and reported the matter to police, and requested court action against the officer. Police investigated the report, and they charged tanner with extortion. She was arraigned today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith.
She pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail of $2,000, which she was able to meet. She must return to court on February 28.
Cop extorts tourist on golf cart
A Tourism Police Officer stationed in Caye Caulker is out on bail tonight after she was charged with a single count of extortion for an incident which occurred in December, 2012. Jennie Tanner has been on interdiction since December, after Canadian Dive Master Christopher John Graham alleged that he was shaken down for a hundred dollars and two margaritas. Graham reported that on December eleventh he was driving a golf cart on the island when he was approached by Tanner. He could not produce a driver’s license when it was requested, and Graham then claims that Tanner told him that he would not be charged for the offense, on the condition that he hand over one hundred dollars and buy her two drinks. Graham says he complied, but immediately after reported the incident to the Police Station on the island, causing Tanner to be placed on interdiction pending police investigation. That police investigation led to the criminal charge of extortion when Tanner appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith this morning. She pled not guilty, and because there was no objection by the Police prosecutor she was granted bail in the sum of two thousand dollars. Tanner was ordered to pay five hundred immediately, and offer a signed surety for the balance. She did, and was free to go. Tanner is due back in court on February twenty-eighth.
A tourism police officer Jenny Tanner, 36, is out on bail after a formal arraignment of extortion today in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Tanner has pleaded not guilty to the charge and Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith offered her bail in the amount of BZ$2,000 on condition that she stays away from the complainant. According to court reports, Tanner’s trouble started on December 11, 2012, when she busted a Canadian national without a driver’s license in Caye Caulker village. It is alleged that when the man, identified as Christopher John Graham could not produce his driver’s license, officer Tanner made an offer not to arrest and charge Graham if he would give her $100 and buy her two margaritas. Graham says he complied with the officer’s requests, giving her two $50 notes and then taking her to a nearby restaurant where he purchased the two margaritas. Afterwards, Graham reported the matter to the Caye Caulker police station and Tanner was investigated. Another part of Tanner’s bail condition is that she must report to the Caye Caulker police station every Monday. Tanner will reappear in the Magistrate’s Court for trial on February 28.