A 25-year-old man, charged with a number of fraud offences, has been remanded to Dodds prison for the next 28 days.
Aaron Francisco Joseph, of Baycroft Road, St Michael, is accused of issuing to the Barbados Workers’ Union Cooperative Credit Union a forged CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank cheque in the name of Stephen Roach on January 12 in the amount of $79, 000. He is also accused of withdrawing the same amount from the account of Capita Financial Services Inc, made payable to the same person, and of demanding from the credit union the sum on $45, 000.
Joseph is also charged with having on the same date a fraudulent Barbados identification card bearing the name of Stephen Roach, as well as a driver’s licence bearing the name of Roach Stephen Alex for the purpose of criminal deception.
He was not required to plead to those charges today, as they allegedly occurred in the District ‘B’ jurisdiction.
Joseph is further accused of issuing a forged credit union cheque made payable to Michael Cox in the amount of $83,000 and of trying to obtain the same amount from FirstCaribbean.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Theodore McClean, objected to bail for the accused based on the seriousness of the charges and the possibility that he could reoffend given that he already has 22 convictions, including 20 for dishonesty.
The prosecutor also revealed that Joseph was already on bail from the High Court for a 2011 charge for possession of a firearm and criminal damage, and that he had a history of poor court attendance at the Holetown Magistrates’ Court.
However, Joseph’s attorney Shadia Simpson urged the Magistrate Douglas Frederick to release him on bail as he was the main breadwinner in his household. She also revealed that the accused man’s girlfriend, who was pregnant and also suffers from sickle cell, was totally dependent on him.
Joseph also made his own submissions to the court.
He told the magistrate that “everybody makes mistakes” and he had done his share in the past, which resulted in his family members, most of whom are St Lucia, turning their backs on him. The accused man further explained that he had previously served a sentence but when he was released with no family support “found myself doing the same foolishness again”.
However, Frederick said Joseph had “everything going against him” before he remanded him to prison.
He is due to reappear in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on February 14.
Before that he will make an appearance before the Boarded Hall Magistrates’ Court for the District ‘B’ charges on January 23.