An unemployed mother of two was brought before the Magistrate’s Court after she allegedly forged a $2,000 cheque belonging to a charter boat company.
Charged with forgery, obtaining property by deception, and uttering forged documents is former supervisor at a security firm, Sheynela Smith of Long Trench.
Smith was not required to plead when she appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Tuesday.
The court heard that on March 19, the complainant in that matter attempted to make a payment at a local hardware store using his Scotiabank debit card when it was declined for having insufficient funds.
Puzzled, the man made queries at the bank where he was informed that a cheque of $2,000 was recently cashed by the accused woman for ‘cleaning services’.
Bank officials then provided him with a copy of the said cheque and a copy of the identification used during the transaction.
After reviewing at the documents, the complainant informed the bank that he had not issued the cheque and he pointed to his forged signature.
A report was subsequently made to the East End Police Station and investigations led to the arrest of the accused woman who was known by the complainant.
When she was arrested, she reportedly said: “Officer, I just want to get this over with and I am going to admit to what I did.”
The court heard that on Sunday, March 17, the complainant attended a beach party at Long Bay on Beef Island where he left his vehicle unsecured.
It is reported that he left his cheque book and other documents on the back seat of the vehicle.
After the incident, he realized that two cheques were removed from his cheque book.
In court, the woman was granted $60,000 signed bail.
The accused, who is represented by defence attorney Reynela Rawlins is scheduled to return to court on July 17.
Notably, Smith was recently brought before the court for handling stolen goods. However, her bail was not revoked because the forgery matter reportedly happened before the stolen goods incident.
Smith’s boyfriend, Glenroy Fergus, is currently on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison after he was denied bail for allegedly burglarizing three homes. It is alleged that during the burglary, he made off with thousands of dollars’ worth of jewellery and gifted a portion of the stolen items to her.
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