Man fined $1,500 for ‘robbing the poor’
A St Philip man received $900 after soliciting funds in Bridgetown by using fraudulent donation sheets. Today, he was fined $1,500 by Magistrate Douglas Frederick and told that he “will now have to work for charity” as well.
Adrian McDonald Jamal Jones, 30, of Vineyard, pleaded guilty to the offence on Broad Street, The City on January 13.
The District ‘A’ Magistrates Court heard how police were on patrol on Broad Street when Jones approached them asking for a monetary donation.
The officers asked to see the donation sheets and they seemed fictitious to them, since they bore the name of an organization not known to them. When they questioned Jones about the forms and he could not prove their validity, he was arrested.
In his defence, Jones told the court that a woman gave him the forms and “asked for something out of it”.
Of the $900 he made, he gave her $150, he said. Jones then apologised for his actions.
“You robbing the poor . . . and a man should not be able to gain from his crime,” Magistrate Frederick said before imposing the $1,500 fine.
When Jones then asked for time to pay it, the magistrate retorted: “You made $900 out of this unlawful enterprise and ain’t got a cent?”
Jones was given one month in which to come up with $1,500 or face the alternative of a six-month jail term. He was also given six weeks in which to perform 240 hours of community service.
The first-time offender will next appear at court on February 29.