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Gibbons guilty of fraud

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter managing to cash several fraudulent cheques in 2013 and acquiring thousands of dollars, Kerry Omar Gibbons confessed to his crimes today before a High Court judge.

The 27-year-old man, formerly of Ellerton, St George and Shop Hill, St Thomas pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud before Justice Jacqueline Cornelius.

The offences, which involved close to $20,000, occurred between June and July 2013. They included uttering several cheques to Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), obtaining funds from the said bank and a single count of money laundering.

The convicted man returns to court next Monday when the court will  take other matters into consideration.

Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney outlined how Gibbons first went to the RBC Branch at Upper Broad Street, The City, on July 28, 2013 and presented a $2,500 Government of Barbados cheque, payable to himself.

That cheque was cashed and Gibbons returned late that same day with another one for the same amount. That too was cashed, but by a different cashier.

The third time he went was on July 1 that year, with a $4,900 cheque for which he also received funds.

One week later though, Customer Care Manager Steven Carter made a report that the cheques were counterfeit. The cheques carried a signature purporting to be that of the Accountant General and had Gibbons’ signature, name and identification number at the back.

Police investigations later showed that none of the cheques had been printed by the Government Printery. Also, they had not been issued by the Treasury nor had Gibbons ever worked for the Government of Barbados.

When police later spoke to Gibbons, he admitted knowing about each cheque and told the officers that he spent the money on plane tickets.

The customer service representatives who had dealt with Gibbons were also able to identify him during an identification parade.

The judge ordered a presentencing report on Gibbons, who has several previous convictions.

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