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June 19, 2014
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Man gets two years for lodging fake cheques

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of attempting to defraud a commercial bank of more than $200,000 by lodging fraudulent cheques, was sentenced to two years' imprisonment when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with five counts of uttering a forged document and conspiracy to defraud is 20-year-old handyman, Theodore Blair, who pleaded guilty to each charge.

The Crown alleged that Blair, over the course of several days, lodged five fraudulent cheques made payable to several aliases. It was further alleged that Blair used five bogus driver's licences bearing various aliases and his photograph to make the lodgements.

The court heard that, over the course of several days, the accused man visited five different branches of the commercial bank. The accused is alleged to have attempted to defraud the bank of approximately $220,000.

According to prosecutors, when Blair was cautioned by police personnel, he reportedly said: "A man see mi and tell mi say him can help mi make money."

"What is your name?" quizzed Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

In response, the accused man gave his name as Theodore Blair.

"I must believe that?" asked RM Pusey.

"Yes, Your Honour, I have my ID," Blair responded.

The gallery erupted in laughter upon hearing the man's response.

"ID nor birth paper can't work since unnu manufacture those things, you going to jail yu nuh?" RM Pusey said.

Subsequently, the sitting magistrate sentenced the accused man to two years imprisonment on each count, to run concurrently. A fingerprint order was also made.

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