Bad cheque lands man in hot water
Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday for a man who was charged with fraud.
The court was told that he attempted to encash a cheque at a financial institution in the Corporate Area recently.
Charged with forgery, obtaining money with forged documents and uttering forged documents is 27-year-old Bryan Anthony Smith.
He pleaded not guilty and told the court that he was given the 'bad' cheque after he sold a laptop to a buyer.
Allegations are that Smith went to the bank in the Matilda's corner area and presented the cheque to get money from the bank.
The bank employee then picked up that the cheque was fraudulent.
Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey asked Smith why he took the cheque to the bank and if it was his first brush with the law.
He said, "Yes, Your Honour. It's my first time. I tried to change the cheque, but I didn't know it was a bad cheque."
He was granted bail with surety.
A fingerprint order was also made, and Smith is to return to court on December 12.