Two charged with fraud
A Trinidadian visitor is waiting in jail to find out how he will be punished for trying to leave Barbados without paying his bills at two hotels and a car rental company, and taking money from three men with a promise of jobs in Britain.
Barbadian Kerry Omar Gibbons, meanwhile, who faces 33 charges related to using forged Government cheques, is also in HMP Dodds, but on remand.
Trinidadian Joseph Williams will be sentenced on April 23, after pleading guilty to three counts of theft and three counts of evading liability in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court today.
He arrived in Barbados on March 23 this year, and between then and April 11, stayed at two hotels. Williams left without paying his bills there, as well as at a car rental company where he hired a car the second day he arrived in the island.
According to police, the Trinidadian also took $6,800 from three promising he would get them work in Britain. Williams was arrested by members of the Fraud Squad at the Grantley Adams International Airport as he tried to leave the island. The total value of his offences is $14,813.
Meanwhile, Gibbons, 25, of no fixed place of abode, appeared at the District “A” Magistrates’ Court and was remanded until April 22 to appear at the Holetown Magistrates’ Court, and May 15 to reappear at the District “A” Court.
He faces 19 charges of uttering forged Government cheques, five counts of obtaining money by deception, six counts of theft and three counts of money laundering. It is alleged that in June 2013, he used one of the forged cheques at a supermarket to get $1,300 in goods and cash.
The following month, it is further alleged, Gibbons deposited another 18 fraudulent cheques to two banking institutions and received $82,950. (DP/PR)