Utech Student Hacking Bank Accounts in Jamaica Stealing Millions

A University of Technology (UTech) student who is accused of being a major player in the hacking of bank accounts locally, was remanded in police custody when he appeared in court on Wednesday.

Romaine Barrett, a final year computer science student, pleaded not guilty to breaches of the Cyber Crimes Act when he appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

He was arrested and charged with the offences last week.

It is alleged that Barrett created computer malware that has been used to hack into bank accounts and steal millions of dollars from customers. 

Investigators from MOCA opposed bail in court, on basis that if Barrett is released, he is likely to erase evidence from computer systems.

The accused is scheduled to return to court on February 2.