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Nibbs slapped with double conviction

Magistrate’s Court, John’s Hole

The three-year-old matters involving Cayma Nibbs concluded in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with two convictions.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards found Nibbs guilty of illegal entry and failing to declare money to Customs.

The British Virgin Islander was implicated back in 2014 after authorities reportedly caught him slipping into the Territory with more than $30,000 cash.

Nibbs claimed that he received the money in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands (USVI) from a cousin and a friend.

He further stated that he was given the funds to buy motorcycles for a scooter business he had intended to start.

Nibbs is slated to be sentenced for on May 23.

Meanwhile, reports are that police officers were in the Frenchman’s Cay area of Tortola doing undercover surveillance on Nibbs around 10pm on July 23, 2014.

Nibbs was seen boarding an inflatable dinghy, after he arrived at the area on a scooter.

Police claimed that they observed as he sailed the dinghy in the direction of Soper’s Hole, and then proceeding westerly towards St Thomas, USVI.

He returned to the area hours later, boarded the aforementioned scooter, and drove away.

The cops intercepted Nibbs and asked if he had anything to declare, but Nibbs reportedly said no.

It is further reported that the officers searched a backpack the offender was carrying, and a quantity of US currency was found.
When police asked Nibbs how much money was in the bag, he reportedly told them about $42,000.

Asked where he was coming from, Nibbs said he was on a sailing trip to St Thomas, but changed his mind and returned to the Frenchman’s Cay area.

He further told the cops that the money he had was to be used to purchase four scooters.

Nibbs was taken to the police station and later charged for failing to declare funds amounting to $32,980. The money was retained by the police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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