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Woman who was caught using forged food stamps fined

A woman was charged yesterday with purchasing $100 in groceries with forged Quality Stamps on June 3.

Police arrested 26-year-old Tramar Sweeting when she attempted to purchase more groceries with fake Quality Stamps the following day.

She pleaded guilty to charges of possession of forged documents, uttering forged documents, fraud by false pretenses and attempted fraud by false pretenses at her arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

In the first instance, Sweeting bought $100.57 in groceries from Super Value in the Grove. She claimed that she got the bogus stamps from her cousin, Bendra Thompson’s, boyfriend.

In that case, Ferguson-Pratt placed Sweeting on probation for one year. A breach of probation will result in three months in prison.

Sweeting was also ordered to pay Super Value $100.57 in compensation.

In the second case, staff at Super Value on East Street South called police after Sweeting and her cousin, Bendra Thompson, tried to buy groceries with $105.19 in forged stamps.

They also found the women with 110 additional forged stamp cards.

Thompson and Sweeting pleaded guilty to possession of forged documents, uttering forged documents and attempted fraud by false pretenses.

Thompson was placed on probation for 12 months. As this was Sweeting’s second conviction for fraud by false pretenses, Ferguson-Pratt fined her $500 or three months in prison.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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