New conspiracy charge filed against three individuals implicated in major passport scam

first_imgLocalNews New conspiracy charge filed against three individuals implicated in major passport scam by: – January 31, 2012 Share Share Share (L-R): Lindon Marie and Nash Mitchel. Photo credit: thedominican.netThree individuals, who were charged for their alleged involvement in a major passport scam in Dominica last year, were brought before the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau on Tuesday as another charge was filed against them.In May, 2011 Nash Mitchel of Soufriere, Lindon Marie of River Street and Kimana James of Castle Comfort were charged and remanded at the State’s Prison for their alleged involvement in a passport scam. Mitchel and Marie were granted bail several days later in the sum of $75,000 each with two sureties as well as strict reporting conditions by the High Court while James who was ill at the time was granted $30, 000.00 bail by the Magistrate’s Court.When they appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on Tuesday, an additional charge of conspiracy was read to the Defendants which stated that between November 2nd, 2005 and September 2006 the Defendants did conspire with persons unknown to obtain 11birth certificates of the Commonwealth of Dominica for foreign nationals.Kimana James. Photo credit: thedominican.netThe Defendants were not required to plead as the charge is an indictable offense, however both Mitchel and Marie had to be bailed again as their first bail application was granted at the High Court. Magistrate Carette-George explained that the Magistrate Court did not have jurisdiction to continue an application of the High Court.Wayne Norde, attorney representing Ms James asked the Court that bail be continued in the same terms and conditions as new charge filed has arrived out of the same matter to which the Court acceded.Bernard Marie, father of Lindon Marie stood as his surety and described his son as “an exceptional son, very respectful and loving child” noting that he has sufficient control over him to ensure that he attends Court proceedings. He was granted bail in the sum of $50, 000.00 without any bail conditions but warned to abide by the previous reporting conditions set by the High Court; which is to report to the police station three times per week.Mitchel whose mother and brother stood as his sureties in June 2011 were not present in Court and he was asked to find them or an alternative surety to secure his bail.His lawyer, Zena Moore-Dyer was late for Court but he informed Magistrate Carette-George that he would contact his brother.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 77 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img

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