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Woman on fraud rap ordered to pay fine

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A woman accused of attempting to defraud a credit union, submitting fraudulent cheques in the sum of US$4,290, was ordered to pay fines or face imprisonment when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

She is Lisa Housen, charged with conspiracy to defraud, uttering forged documents, forgery, and possession of uncustomed goods.

The accused is alleged to have used a fraudulent driver's licence to open a savings account at a popular Corporate Area credit union. It is believed that she later lodged a forged US$4,290 cheque into the savings account she had opened. Subsequently, the driver's licence and the cheque were both found to be fraudulent.

full responsibility

Her lawyer, Vincent Wellesley, told Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that his client has not wasted the court's time, taking full responsibility for her actions.

"What I would suggest or submit, Your Honour, despite the dark cloud, she has two children, 19 and 17 years old. I would ask Your Honour for your consideration to give a non-custodial sentence," Wellesely posited.

He asked the magistrate to give careful consideration for his client to work along with the probation office.

RM Pusey rebutted, stating: "This is where my problem is; it's one thing to plead guilty and start to beg. Although she has been in custody for about three months and she has also pleaded guilty, she has not really fessed up to the court. She's pleading guilty but saying she did not know."

Subsequently, RM Pusey fined Housen $50,000 or six months for conspiracy and $3,000 or six months for the uncustomed goods charge. The other charges were dropped.

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