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Advisory: Success Factory Suspected Pyramid Scheme

Fri, 2022-04-15

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), has received reports of a suspected pyramid scheme under the name “Success Factory”, operating on the island. 

How the Scheme Works:

Investors are asked to join one of four levels of membership;

-  Basic (125 Euro)

-  Standard (250  Euro)

-  Super (500 Euro)

-  Ultra (1,000 Euro)

Members are recruited by invitation only and once accepted, they are encouraged to recruit others. 

The scheme also promotes the sale of so called “success products” to others. For each “success product” sold, the client receives 10% of the value of the sale.

Larger sales, mean an increased level status, which comes with rewards, such as free event tickets.

The operators of “Success Factory” also heavily encourage members to invest in ‘DagCoin’, a junk crypto currency.

However, members are reportedly unable to redeem their currencies for up to three years.

Detective Superintendent, Nicholas Pedro of the Serious Crime Unit warned, “This scheme bears many of the hallmarks of a pyramid scheme including, emphasis on recruiting, there is no genuine product or service being sold and there is a complex commission structure.

We urge you to avoid putting any money into Success Factory, you might think it’s worth something, but there is no supporting evidence to show that it does. From all appearances the only way to make money in this venture is to recruit people.”

Should you be approached by anyone attempting to recruit you into investing with “Success Factory”, please contact the BPS Financial Crime Unit on 295-0011.

Arrest Made in Connection With Murder of Laje Franklin

Thu, 2022-04-14

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm an individual has been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of Laje Franklin.

The subject remains in police custody at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford said, “We appeal to members of the public who may have seen a group of motor bikes leaving St. George around 11:00 pm on Tuesday 5th April 2022, to please get in contact with us.”

Again, anyone with any information on this incident should call 211, 295-0011, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or, share that information with a police officer you’re comfortable speaking with.

Meanwhile, the two men arrested in relation to the murder of Che Jennings, have been released on police bail.

Acting Superintendent Laws Completes Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command Workshop

Wed, 2022-04-13

As the Bermuda Police Service seeks to ensure continued best practice throughout its ranks, Acting Superintendent, Jerome Laws, recently attended a Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command, (MAGIC), workshop in Miami, Florida, USA.

The training, conducted between March 28th – 31st 2022, was facilitated by the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office for the British Overseas Territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Monserrat, and Turks and Caicos.

The MAGIC training aims were to develop delegates' confidence, understanding and ability to perform the role of Gold Commander by planning, implementing and reviewing a multi-agency strategy to ensure the timely resolution of a major incident or civil emergency.

The training provided a legislative and practical framework for strategic level command in emergencies and major incidents, where a multi-agency response is required.

Fourth Road Fatality for 2022 [Updated]

Wed, 2022-04-13

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday 12th April, 2022, police and other first responders attended a two vehicle road traffic collision, involving a motorcycle and a truck, at the junction of Radnor Road and North Shore Road, just west of the Crawl Hill Esso Service Station, Hamilton Parish.

The motorcycle rider, a 29-year-old male, complained of chest pain and possible head injuries.

He was transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where while receiving treatment for what were determined to be life threatening injuries, he succumbed to those injuries.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the family of the deceased during this difficult time.

An investigation into this matter, which marks the island's fourth road fatality of this year, has begun and anyone with information on this incident, is asked to call 211 or, the main police number 295-0011.

Update: Monday, 18th AprilThe Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 29-year-old Jason A. Lee, Bermuda’s fourth road fatality for 2022, and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Lee was injured when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a truck and a wall on North Shore Road, Hamilton parish near Radnor Road around 3:30pm Tuesday, 12th April 2022.

The 29-year-old was transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where while receiving treatment for what were determined to be life threatening injuries, Mr. Lee succumbed to those injuries in the Intensive Care Unit later Tuesday evening (12th April).

A BPS Family Liaison Officer continues to provide support to loved ones of the deceased at this time.

Constable Tavoris Douglas is currently investigating the circumstances of this fatal collision and members of the public with any relevant information are once again asked to call 211 or the main police number 295-0011. Constable Douglas can also be reached via his e-mail tdouglas@bps.bm.

Two Suspects Arrested in Connection With Murder of Che Jennings

Tue, 2022-04-12

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm two persons have been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of Che Jennings.

The suspects were arrested after warrants were executed in the Devonshire area in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 12th April, 2022.

They remain in custody at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford said, “We continue to appeal for members of the public who may have any information at all on the circumstances surrounding the murder of Mr. Jennings to please get in contact with us.”

Investigators are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen two men on a white motorcycle, heading east on Middle Road, Warwick, shortly after 8:30 p.m. last Thursday, 7th April, 2022, the night Mr. Jennings was shot repeatedly, in the carpark of the Warwick Workmen’s Club. 

Mr. Stableford reminded, “The rider of that motorcycle wore a red jacket, while the passenger had on a yellow jacket. Both the rider and the passenger wore black helmets. We know these persons were in and around the Warwick and other areas for some time on the night of the shooting and would have been seen by members of the public. We urge you to please provide us with any information you have, even if you think it to be irrelevant, as soon as possible.”

Again, anyone with any information on this incident should call 211, 295-0011, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or, share that information with a police officer you’re comfortable speaking with.

Remember, we are all in this together.

First Quarter 2022 Operation Vega Update

Mon, 2022-04-11

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell (Tactical Support Division) – “We can now report that Operation Vega appears to have taken hold of collision statistics.

We reported a reduction in collisions by as many as 100 in the 4th quarter of 2021 when compared to the 4th quarter of the previous 3 years.

Now for the first quarter of 2022 we can again report a reduction in collisions, compared to previous years whilst Operation Vega has been running, as follows:

Year     Total Collisions (1st Quarter)

2018               330

2019               324

2020               257

2021               306

2022               243

Whilst this shows some success with the launch of Operation Vega, it is not the panacea for reducing collisions.

Our approach has been twofold. Education – working in partnership with the Bermuda Road Safety Council – and enforcement.

We are saddened that we have been forced to put more energy into traffic enforcement to reverse collision trends. In the last two weeks, 353 moving violation tickets were issued and 36 motorist advice notices (warnings).

For the duration of Operation Vega, 4,448 traffic offenders have been put before the courts, to be dealt with for traffic offences.

Speeding continues to be the most dominant traffic offence reported.

We encourage the public to give their manner of driving or riding their full attention when operating a motor vehicle. Please slow down – speed kills!”

BPS Appeals for Patience & Understanding as Latest Murder Investigations Progress

Sun, 2022-04-10

The Bermuda Police Service is appealing for patience and understanding as we work to bring about justice and closure, for the relatives of Laje Franklin and Che Jennings, two young men who have been so violently taken away from their loved ones in recent days.

The investigation teams have constantly kept families informed and updated on the procedures involved and progress being made, immediately from the outset of these investigations.

Specifically trained officers are assigned for this purpose.

We understand and appreciate fully, that families are grieving the loss of loved ones.

However, there are protocols that the hospital authorities and the police must follow when these serious crimes occur.

This is not about being insensitive, but rather, doing what is necessary to ensure the integrity of these investigations.

We once again extend our condolences to the families of Laje Franklin and Che Jennings.

We continue to urge anyone with information on the circumstances surrounding their deaths, to please call 211, the main police number, 295-0011, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or, provide the information to any police officer with whom you’re familiar.

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