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MoBay hotel guest remanded for fraud

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:A man accused of using a fake credit card to make purchases at a hotel's jewellery store was remanded in custody due to concern over his identity.

Dino Sadler, otherwise known as Dino Thomas, appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court to answer fraud charges on Monday.

When the case was mentioned, there was some initial uncertainty as the accused man had both surnames - Sadler and Thomas - on his case file.

"He was previously known as Dino Sadler, and he changed his name to Dino Thomas," explained defence lawyer Martyn Thomas, who noted that his client had another court matter in Kingston where he was identified as Dino Thomas.

However, Resident Magistrate (RM) Sandria Wong-Small refused to consider bail for the accused and ordered that he remain in custody until proof of his identity was provided.

"He is not going to go anywhere until I can be sure who he is, and Lawyer Thomas better not stand up to make a bail application," Wong-Small said flatly.

"What date do you have in mind (for mention)?" the lawyer asked.

"I'll accommodate it on the 14th of June," the RM replied.

The accused was also ordered to submit his fingerprints.

US$6,700 purchase

Allegations are that at about 11 a.m. on May 18, the accused went to Genesis Jewellery Store at Secrets Resort in Montego Bay, where he was a guest at the time. It is said that he used a National Commercial Bank (NCB) Visa credit card to purchase two watches and two diamond rings valued at US$6,700.

The store clerk's suspicions were raised when he noticed that the last four numerical digits on the front of the card differed from those on the back section.

NCB was contacted, and its representatives allegedly advised that the card was fraudulent. But when Sadler/Thomas was being sought at the hotel, it was discovered that he had already checked out.

A report was subsequently made to the Area One Fraud Squad. The defendant was pointed out by the store clerk at the police station on May 23 and charged the next day.