Antigua, No bail for accused fraudsters in ATM scam



No bail for accused fraudsters in ATM scam
May 20, 2016

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TL - Niicholas Grant, TR - Michael Smith, BL - Michell Farrell, BR - Nicholas Grant

Five men who were nabbed in connection with recent ATM card fraud-related activities involving the theft of about $26,000 have been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison pending committal set for September 7, 2016.

Yesterday, the quintet: Damien Tomlinson, Nicholas Grant, Adalberto Carlton Albert, Michael Smith and Michel Farrell appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the St John’s Magistrates’ Court, but were not required to plead to the charges since the alleged offences are indictable and must be tried in the High Court.

Tomlinson, of Fort Road, is accused of obtaining property using the forged credit card, possession of the forged card, and for uttering (using) the said card at All Tech Store on Old Parham Road on May 10.

He’s further accused of possession of another forged Mastercard, forgery of the said card, uttering (using) the card and obtaining $471.63 in credit through the use of the card on May 9.

Grant, who is also a resident of Fort Road was slapped with a charge of possession of a forged Capital One credit card on May 15.

Tomlinson and Grant were on bail for a $37,000 ATM fraud case currently pending in court and set for committal on August 8, when they allegedly committed these recent offences. When they were charged, last year, there was a third accused involved, David Thomas, who police said skipped the country soon after he received bail.

With respect to the recent matters with the accused Smith and Farrell of Sutherlands, who are represented by Lawrence Daniel, the police jointly charged them with larceny of $9,350 cash from First Caribbean CIBC using a forged credit card between May 1 and 6.

The fifth accused, of Gray’s Farm, Carlton, whose lawyer is attorney Daniel, faced the court on charges of possession of a forged credit card, uttering (using) the card, obtaining goods using the forged card and receiving goods knowing they were stolen.

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