Virgin Gorda resident Jakeya Fergus has been fined $4,000 after admitting to dishonestly using a Colombian man’s debit card to purchase designer earrings, among other things.
The 18-year-old unemployed woman was given up to March 12 next year to pay the fines, or in default, she will spend four months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
Fergus was also ordered to compensate the complainant in full.
Before handing down the sentence, Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo informed Fergus that she should be prepared for the rippling effects of her actions.
I am sorry
In the meantime, Fergus said she was remorseful for her actions.
“I am sincerely sorry for what I did, I accept my wrongdoings. I am full of regret. I lost opportunities … If time could rewind I would take it back,” she said.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that earlier this year, the complainant used his bank card to perform a payment transaction at a local supermarket chain where Fergus was employed as a cashier.
On February 7, when he attempted to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine — more commonly referred to as an ATM — but he was unable to do so.
The court heard that the baffled man then paid a visit to the main branch on Tortola to make inquiries where the discoveries were made.
A report was subsequently made to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, who launched an investigation into the matter.
The accused was subsequently arrested and charged with the aforementioned offences.
Fergus bought designer earrings, food
The court heard that Fergus charged food and designer earrings to the card.
The offences occurred in January and February this year.
The first offence was when she purchased a pair of Gucci earrings valued at $200.
She reportedly read the particulars of the card from her cellphone and signed the receipt after informing the cashier that she had forgotten her card at home.
The court heard that she purchased a round trip ticket to Virgin Gorda for $30, bought a meal from a Virgin Gorda-based restaurant valued at $17.50 and another transaction valued at $219.
Fergus reportedly told the various business places that the card was either broken or that it belonged to her boyfriend.
Attorney Patrick Thompson represented her.
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