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June 3, 2014
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Jamaican national to appear in Antiguan court

Two Jamaican women who appeared in Antiguan courts, accused of obtaining stolen money, were granted bail recently.

The women, Marie Richards and Natalee Lewis, both pleaded not guilty to the offence. According to www.caribarenaantigua.com, Richards and Lewis were taken into custody by Antiguan officials on May 14 and 19 respectively.

The STAR gathered that Lewis was found in possession of $5,837.86 East Caribbean (EC) dollars (approximately J$240,301), reportedly having prior knowledge the money was obtained illegally.

Lewis was granted bail in the sum of EC$6,000 with two Antiguan sureties.

The court reportedly ordered a cash deposit of EC$3,000 (approximately J$123,487) and ordered her to report to the St John's Police Station in the capital city daily, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Additionally, Lewis was ordered to surrender her travel documents.

The second accused, Richards, was reportedly found with the sum of US$6,225.40 (approximately J$691,885) in her possession.

Like Lewis, she is said to have had prior knowledge that the cash was stolen.

The sum in which Richards was granted bail, as well as her bail conditions, is unclear.

The two, who are charged separately, will stand trial on September 11.

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