Two to repay store in check fraud scheme
Two women on Monday who admitted to defrauding an inner-city grocery store of cash and goods valued at $956 by passing forged checks were ordered to repay the money to avoid spending three months in prison.
Anishka Bonaby, 25, of 170 West Street, and Stevette Meadows, 23, of Third Street, The Grove, both claimed that they were used as pawns by Gary Davis in the check cashing scheme.
They pleaded guilty to charges of fraud by false pretenses and possession of a forged document at their arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
Davis, who is Bonaby’s brother, asked her to cash a $478 Bahamas First check for him, the prosecutor told the court.
Meadows, who once dated Davis, also cashed a Bahamas First check in the same amount for him, the court heard.
Both women went to Balfour Consumer Meat Mart on April 27 and used the check to purchase groceries. Bonaby purchased goods worth $81.50 and Meadows purchased goods worth $69; they both claimed that they took the change to Davis.
The checks were returned by the bank in early May, the court heard.
When questioned by the magistrate, both women acknowledged that it defied common sense that checks would be made out to them by a person they did not know.
In addition to repaying the money, the women were each ordered to complete 80 hours of community service by July 12.