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Wrinkle charged with stealing electricty

Police allege that a popular building contractor cheated the government by stealing electricity for two months.

Stephen Wrinkle, 58, of Eastern Road, appeared before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis on a charge of dishonest consumption of electricity yesterday.

Wrinkle, the president of the Bahamian Contractor’s Association and of Wrinkle’s Construction and Development, denied the allegation that he stole power from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation while at the Bay Parl Building on Parliament Street in February and March of this year.

Wrinkle’s lawyer, Wayne Munroe, asked the court to consider releasing Wrinkle on his own recognizance or to extend his police bail.

However, Magistrate Rolle-Davis set his bail at $1,000 with one surety.

He returns to court on October 17, 2011 for the start of his trial.

In other court news, police charged five men with possession of a forged license disc as investigations continue into an alleged illegal car licensing ring.

Althello Taylor, 28, of Sandilands Village, Jonas Pierre 28, of Cowpen Road, Eli Seraphin, 26, of Pinewood Gardens, Jeffrey Whylly, 37, of Union Village and Omar Major, 28, of Pinewood Gardens, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez yesterday.

All of the defendants with the exception of Major denied the charges. Magistrate Gomez did not sentence Major.  Instead, he granted him $2,000 bail and transferred the case to Magistrate Guillimina Archer on July 8.

Pierre returns to court today for a bail hearing because there were queries over his immigration status.  Taylor, Seraphin, and Whylly had their police bail extended.

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