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Lovers Allegedly Steal $30,000 from Scotiabank Accounts, Trial delayed to 2024

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter

 

#TurksandCaicos, November 25, 2023 – For months from 2018-2019  the TCI Police Financial Crimes Unit and the prosecution team mounted a conspiracy to steal, disguise, and acquire and use stolen funds fraudulently case against a former Scotiabank employee and her boyfriend.

Police said the couple lived in an apartment together in Blue Hills Providenciales at the time of the many illegal third-party transfers via the internet.  In the investigative stages, police executed a search on that apartment unit some five years ago and they found, confiscated, or seized a number of different electronics, including iphones, laptop computers and more for analysis.

Initially, when the duo was charged and arraigned before the court back then, they had to answer to over a dozen dishonest offences, such as:-

  • Several counts of theft of chosen action.

  • Conspiracy to commit theft.

  • Disgusting criminal property.

  • Assisting another to retain criminal property.

It’s now nearly five years on and the two alleged Scotia Bank scammers have now seen their case pushed back an additional eight months; they are charged jointly.

KANTHAL CAPRON and her alleged fiancé accomplice NORMAN FORBES, JR were due to face charges in a trial slated for start on November 20, 2023 but due to the unavailability of King’s Counsel Mr. Oliver Smith, who is currently engrossed in a separate trial and is the defence counsel, the matter has been adjourned to June 10, 2024.

Her Ladyship Ms. Tanya Lobban Jackson also set a pre-trial review/readiness date for April 30th, 2024.

The prosecution has long been ready to proceed with this matter as indicated by The Hon. Mr Willin Belliard, who’s representing the Crown in this matter. He was totally and strongly against this case being put off past 2023, given the near five year age of the case.

Investigators had questioned a number of persons in this matter but some persons including CAPRON’s mother in Grand Turk where alleged funds were transferred to her and other family members’ accounts, refused to give statements.

Other persons refused as well, citing as a reason that no one was really hurt by the alleged theft as reportedly the bank had already returned or replaced the missing monies.

Some of the individuals targeted in the two year plot and maybe called to give evidence in the trial next year are:-

  • Marilyn Garnt Williams; some near $6000.00 was taken from her account

  • Dennis Williams was hit for nearly $5000.00

  • Maire Cede for $1000.00

  • Gaiti Rameersdased just over $4000.00

  • Aurele Jean near $7000.00

  • Juliues Jean near $2000.00

  • Nathan Smith near $4000.00

The Royal TCI Police case is that some 16 online third-party transactions were to the boyfriend’s Scotiabank account totaling some near $16,000.00. All of the withdrawals were by CAPRON and FORBES, police claim. The duo was said to have spent the allegedly siphoned cash in Provo and the US.

The Crown intends to call a list of other witnesses questioned by police and statements taken, including the lead and other investigators such as:-

  • Richard Dickerson

  • Antoine Pierre

  • John Parker

  • Jean Bullard

  • Ryan Grand Jean

  • Ebed – Melech Michaud

  • Marie Capron

  • Jeanne Orange

  • Sgt. Jerry Grant

  • Alain NDella

  • Edward Smith

  • Linda Williams

  • Patricia Adams.

The defendants are currently on bail, and the judge extended the same bail conditions until the trial.

Attorneys representing Kanthal Capron and Norman Forbes Jr are Mr. Oliver Smith, KC and Mrs. Lara Maroof-Misick.

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Town Hall De-briefing

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#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2024 – Acting Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre held a meeting with Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the Hon. Otis Morris, today (February 21st) at Police Headquarters, Airport Road, Providenciales.

The debriefing was to discuss concerns raised by residents during last evening’s Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting at the H.J Robinson High School, Grand Turk.

Commissioner Eyre expressed his deep appreciation to Her Excellency and Hon Morris for their attendance, saying that work was already underway to address the community concerns.

Commissioner Eyre said: “I acknowledge the challenges raised and wish to assure you that the Executive of the RTCIPF remains steadfast in ensuring the TCI is safe. We listened to your concerns, and I assure you that rebuilding trust and strengthening community-policing relations are top priorities.

“The RTCIPF has taken a holistic approach in the fight against crime. Increased visibility, greater stakeholder collaborations and ongoing dialogue forums to appraise you will occur. We are accountable to you.”

 

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Header: Town Hall Meeting Head Table (l-r) Superintendent of Prisons Michael Woodbine, HE the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Superintendent Dean Holden, ag Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre.

1st insert: HE the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, MP Grand Turk North Hon Otis Morris and ag Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre during this afternoon’s debriefing at Police Headquarters.

2nd insert: Grand Turk resident Derek Been addresses the head table during the Question and Answer segment

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Two Charged With Firearm Offences

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JERREAL MISSICK

#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2024 – JERREAL MISSICK, 22, of Over Back, Grand Turk and SHAQUAZE FORBES, 21, also from Over Back, are expected to appear before a Magistrate charged with the following offences.

1) Gang Membership;
2) Possession of a Firearm;
3) Possession of Ammunition and
4) Discharging Firearm

Both Mr. Missick and Mr. Forbes were charged under the Anti-Gang Ordinance (2022) following an investigation into the discharging of a firearm incident that occurred on February 13th 2024, in Over Back.
The charges came after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions.

SHAQUAZE FORBES

Head of Crime, Safeguarding, and Public Protection Superintendent Dean Holden said: “This is another example of the Police Force’s relentless pursuit of those suspected to be involved in gang-related crime, specifically the criminal use of illegal firearms. This latest charge also demonstrates our continued use of the Anti-Gang legislation to target individuals who cause harm to our communities”.

The RTCIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842,Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app from the Google Play store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunications proudly Commissions the Yellow Wing

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 21st February 2024 – The long-awaited completion and commissioning of the Yellow Wing at the Department of Correctional Services took place in Grand Turk yesterday.

The event was attended by a number of Government functionaries; including Her Excellencies, the Governor and Deputy Governor, Ms. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Mrs. Anya Williams respectively, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, Attorney General, Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, as well as the Minister for Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunication’s Commission, Hon. Otis Morris.

Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister for Tourism, Permanent Secretaries, Mrs. Bridgette Newman, Mr. James Astwood and Mr. Miquel Swann, newly appointed interim Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Eyre, Chaplains of the HoA and the Prison, along with staff of the Public Works Department, Department of Correctional Services and Olympic Construction were also in attendance.

The reconstruction of the Yellow Wing commenced in May 2020, following destruction of the building by fire in 2019.

The ceremony was chaired by Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Clyde Greene. Among the officials who brought remarks, were, the Superintendent, the Minister, the Deputy Governor, the Premier and the Governor; all of whom expressed their delight in being able to participate in and witness the commissioning.

In his remarks, the Superintendent of the Department of Correctional Services, Mr. Michael Woodbine expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Government and Ministry for the additional funding received by the Department, to assist with the resolution of a number of longstanding issues.

He went on to note, “The key function of the prison is not only to protect the public by keeping those who pose a risk out of society, but it also has a wider role to play in supporting law enforcement”

He further highlighted some of the Department’s community activities, support given in various areas and his department’s plans for the year.

The Minister for Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunication’s Commission, Hon. Otis Morris in his remarks stated, “Today marks a significant milestone, as we gather to celebrate the completion of the Yellow Wing. This project has been a collaborative effort; which demonstrated my Government’s commitment to providing a safer and more humane environment for inmates and staff alike.” 

Hon. Morris went on to note that the improvements made to the Yellow Wing would not only enhance the living conditions for inmates but would also contribute to the overall rehabilitation and well-being of those in the Department’s care.

In conclusion, he encouraged all to continue to work together to uphold the highest standards of safety, security and rehabilitation within our correctional facilities.

Following the hand-over of the keys, cutting of the ribbon and blessing of the building; attendees were treated to a Control and Restraint mock exercise to remove a non-compliant and violent person from a cell.

The team demonstrated the manner in which they calmly manage these very difficult situations, trying their best to de-escalate the person’s heightened mood and aggression. The Exercise was well received and the team was highly commended for their negotiation and team work skills.

The ceremony ended with the Vote of Thanks by the Deputy Superintendent Mr. Raymond Grant.

The Department of Correctional Services with the of support of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development will continue the upgrade of the facilities at the Department of Correctional Services with the works to the Blue and Green wings.

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