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Credit card scammers face fines or prison time

A group of men and women busted for forging credit cards and using them to go on a shopping spree could spend a year in prison if they fail to pay fines totaling $15,500.

Each of the six convicts can avoid spending another year in prison by paying $1,856.83 in compensation.

The credit card scam unraveled after Sara Callender discovered unauthorized purchases from Kay’s Fine Jewelers, Gucci, Crown Jewelers, Giotto Café, Rubis Service Station, Best Deal Wholesale and Paradise Blue Surf, totaling $13,826.69 on January 11, the prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, told the court.

Callender had last used her card on January 6 when she visited a restaurant at Rosewood at Baha Mar.

Dizarrio Saunders, who worked at Nexus Bar, admitted taking a picture of Callender’s card and passing the information to Alfredo Richards, who produced several fake cards in other names.

Police also arrested Robert Frazier, Reynado Thompson, Georgina Rolle and Thyronique Wilson as part of the scam.

They all pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses. Saunders faced four additional counts of abetment to commit fraud by false pretenses and was fined $4,000 or one year in prison.

Frazier, who admitted two counts of fraud by false pretenses, was fined $3,000 or one year in prison.

Thompson, who pleaded guilty to two counts of abetment to commit fraud by false pretenses and one count of receiving, was fined $2,500 or one year.

Wilson, who admitted two counts of fraud by false pretenses, was fined $3,000 or one year in prison.

Richards, who admitted four counts of abetment to commit fraud by false pretenses, was fined $3,000 or one year in prison.

Ian Cargill, Jairam Mangra, Tamara Taylor-Storr and Lennox Coleby represented the scammers.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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