Man on credit card fraud charges offered bail
WESTERN BUREAU:A man who reportedly used a fake credit card to buy jewellery from a hotel's store was offered bail in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
Dino Thomas, who gave his address as Papua Avenue in Patrick City, St Andrew, was remanded in custody on his first appearance to answer fraud charges on June 4 due to concerns over his identity.
It is understood that he was also identified as 'Dino Sadler'.
In his bail application on Tuesday, his lawyer, Martyn Thomas, provided documents proving that his client had legally changed his surname from Sadler to Thomas in May 2009.
"He has no previous convictions, and he is the father of two children. He's currently reporting to the Organised Crime Investigation Division in Kingston on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and his travel documents have already been surrendered to them," Thomas explained.
RM Wong Small stated that she would have the court's officer verify the lawyer's information.
The prosecution has requested three weeks to complete the case file as it is still awaiting a bank statement, as well as a statement from a gift shop in another case where the defendant, Thomas, has been indicted.
The RM offered the accused man bail in the sum of $400,000 with up to three sureties, with all current reporting conditions attached until the next court date on July 23.
Allegations are that on May 18, Thomas used a National Commercial Bank (NCB) Visa credit card to purchase two watches and two diamond rings, valued at US$6,700, from the Genesis Jewellery Store at the Secrets Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.
However, certain discrepancies were noticed on the card, and when contacted, NCB advised that the card was fraudulent. A report was made to the Area 1 Fraud Squad, and on May 23, the defendant was pointed out by the store clerk at the police station and was charged the following day.