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Fraudsters for court February 9

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 9:16 AM

Thirty-one-year-old Garth Savoury and 27-year-old and Ramone Gordon, both of Hill Road in Norbrook, St Andrew, are to return to court on February 9 on fraud charges.

On Monday, Savoury and Gordon were charged with forgery and uttering forged documents.

It is alleged that on January 20, they submitted to the Spanish Embassy, fraudulent documents along with their visas applications.

Following investigations, the men were arrested by Fraud Squad detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch.

Last week, Savoury and Gordon were remanded when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Savoury and Gordon are the same men, who were arrested and charged in 2016 for forging the signature of National Security Minister Peter Bunting.

They reportedly wrote letters using the Minister's signature to obtain emergency birth certificates and other documents from the Registrar General's Department. 

The letters claimed the persons were at risk and the Ministry had an urgent need to have them removed to shelters abroad. 

The documents, under the letterhead of the Ministry, reportedly contained the forged signature of Bunting.

It was eventually discovered that the RGD and the Minister were the subject of  a scam.

An investigation was launched and Savoury arrested in a sting operation, after he reportedly collected the birth certificates from the RGD. 

That matter was being heard in chambers.