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Hanover man fined for scamming British resident

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 12:31 PM

A Hanover man who fleeced £3,000 from an elderly British resident in 2012 has been fined $500,000 or 18 months imprisonment a month after he pleaded guilty to the charge of obtaining money by false pretense.

Twenty-seven-year-old Syddoo Chambers of Sandy Bay, Hanover was fined last Friday when he appeared in the Hanover Parish Court.

The court heard that in 2012, Chambers contacted the 80-year-old man and told him he won the lottery.

Chambers then instructed the man to remit money as fees in order to collect his winnings.  

However, Chambers made no payments to the elderly British man. 

Investigators from the Financial Investigations Division found that the elderly citizen sent Chambers money through a local remittance agency as well as postal delivery and wire transfers.

At his sentencing last Friday, Chambers' attorney Brian Clarke asked for leniency saying that his client’s guilty plea shows that he did not waste the court's time.

Chambers who is employed as a chef in his father's business is also charged with being in Possession of Identity Information under the Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions (Special Provisions) Act and is to return to court next year.