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January 14, 2013
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Alleged credit thief freed of charges
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

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Tennyson White, the St James man accused of buying $2,500 Digicel phone credit with a forged credit card, walked out of the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court a free man on Thursday .

White, who was charged with obtaining services by forgery and uttering a forged credit card, was cleared of the charges after the store where he had purchased the credit indicated no interest in proceeding further with the case.

Allegations are that on June 20, 2012, White went to a FiMi Wireless store at Westgate in Montego Bay and requested the credit to be placed on his phone, offering a First Caribbean Visa credit card to do the transaction.

However, the transaction failed as the card was declined, and White was asked if he wished to have the credit removed from his phone, but he declined. Subsequent checks with First Caribbean Bank revealed that the card was fraudulent, and White was arrested and charged by the police.

On Thursday, White's lawyer Morrel Beckford reminded the court that the defendant had since repaid the value of the phone credit to the store.

"Is this the one with the Digicel credit at Westgate?" asked Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes. "So where is the credit?"

"The credit went on to a phone and remained on the phone, but the money for the credit was given back to the store," said Beckford.

A no-order submission was subsequently made and White was allowed to leave.

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