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5-year sentence for cheque fraud

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, ​[email protected]

5-year sentence for cheque fraud

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There was nothing spontaneous about Jason McDonald Phillips going into a bank on two different occasions trying to cash cheques which had been stolen from his former employer.

So said Justice Pamela Beckles as she sentenced him to five years in prison when he reappeared in the No. 5 Supreme Court yesterday.

It was at a previous Session of the Continuous Sittings that Phillips, of Surinam Road, Horse Hill, St Joseph, admitted he uttered a forged bill of exchange purporting to be a Republic Bank cheque for $300 knowing it to be forged on July 20, 2017; that he uttered a forged cheque to Republic Bank on June 8, 2017, payable to Jason Phillips for $2 000, knowing it was forged; that he obtained $2 000 from the bank by virtue of the forged instrument on June 8, 2017, and that he engaged in money laundering in that he disposed of $2 000 – the proceeds of crime which had been obtained by a forged instrument, between June 8 and November 14, 2017.

Senior Crown Counsel Olivia Davis prosecuted. (HLE)

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