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Fake soldier sentenced

Published:Tuesday | December 9, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A St Elizabeth man found guilty of impersonating a soldier to obtain money has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Roger King was sentenced in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence.

He was sentenced to 12 months on each count.

However, the sentences will run at the same time, and so King will only serve one year.

Last year, King, while purporting to be a member of the Jamaica Defence Force, approached individuals telling them that he could admit them to the force for a fee.

When these promises fell through, the matter was reported to the police and King was arrested and charged with two counts of obtaining money by false pretence.

Checks revealed that King had three previous convictions for similar offences.

In court yesterday, he begged for leniency but Resident Magistrate Sonya Wint–Blair was unmoved and imposed the maximum sentence of 12 months on each of the two counts.


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