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July 17, 2014
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Fraudster receives suspended sentence
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A man who attempted to defraud National Commercial Bank of over $50,000 was given 18 months suspended sentence when he appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

He is Muerice Bodden, 28-year-old unemployed of a Kingston address.

Bodden was given a non-custodial sentence after his attorney Lancelot Clarke Jr told the court that while his client had done something criminal he was not beyond redemption. He argued that his client deserved a second chance and a non-custodial sentence would be in order.

Resident Magistrate Vaughn Smith then ordered that Bodden be given a suspended sentence.

The court heard that on the day in question the accused went to NCB Portmore, St Catherine, he tendered a cheque valued at $54,000 to be changed, he gave a fake driver's licence bearing the name Andrew Powell.

Having checked the document and found that they were fictitious, the police were called and Bodden taken into custody.

He was subsequently charged with possession of forged document and uttering forged document.

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