Former Deputy Director of Urban Renewal Michelle Reckley and four others were re-arraigned Monday on money laundering charges in compliance with a Court of Appeal decision that sent that case back to the Magistrate’s Court for hearing.
Prosecutors say that Reckley defrauded the government of $1,255,637.83 through the Urban Renewal Small Homes Repair Programme in Grand Bahama, and laundered the money with the assistance of Kylon Vincent, Stefanie Collie, Christopher Symonette and James Hall between December 5, 2016 and February 24, 2017. They have denied the charges.
Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister had discharged the defendants on March 29 on the basis that the statute of limitations had expired for the money laundering charges.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed and the Court of Appeal overturned Armbrister’s decision on May 29 and ordered him to continue hearing the case forthwith.
However, the trial did not continue yesterday, as Damian Gomez, QC, suggested that he might need to seek a disclosure order from the Supreme Court.
Gomez suggested a status hearing in November but Armbrister said that court wouldn’t be available until next year. Armbrister has adjourned the matter to January 20.
Eucal Bonaby and Kendra Kelly appeared for the DPP. Philip McKenzie and Alex Morley appeared along with Gomez for the accused.