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Two Atlantis employees facing gun charges lose their jobs

An arrest over the weekend on gun and ammunition possession charges cost two Atlantis employees their jobs, according to their lawyer.

Allan Benjamin, 31, of Killdeer Avenue, a lawyer who worked as a manager in the resort’s human resources department, and human resources personal assistant Franceska Saunders, 24, of Ridgeland Park West, appeared before the Gun Court yesterday charged with possession of an unlicensed .32 caliber revolver and three bullets for the gun.  Police arrested the pair on Friday, November 25.

They both pleaded not guilty during an arraignment before Gun Court Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Lawyer Jairam Mangra, who represents the defendants along with Krysta Mason-Smith, told the court that before their arrests the accused were outstanding members of society.  Mangra said they had lost their jobs because of Atlantis’ policy on employees accused of criminal offenses.

Benjamin and Saunders both face a mandatory minimum of four years in prison if convicted.

Ferguson-Pratt set bail for each defendant at $10,000 on the condition that they surrender their passports to the court and report to police on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the conclusion of their trial.

The trial begins on March 6 and continues on March 19 and 20.

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