A well-known fraudster, who wrote seven bounced cheques to the Massy Stores Supermarket last year, will know his fate on February 20.
Hugh Michael Simmons, of James Park, St James, pleaded guilty in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to dishonestly obtaining from the supermarket’s Worthing branch groceries and an alcoholic beverage worth $77.83 using a First Citizen’s Bank (Barbados) Limited cheque on February 11, 2017 with intent to permanently deprive the store.
The 53-year-old admitted to going back to the same store on February 13, shopping for similar items worth $164.43, and paying via the same method.
On February 14, he returned and purchased cigarettes and alcohol costing $157.48 and later that same day, groceries and alcohol worth $245.97. On February 28, Simmons used another bounced cheque to pay for $538.73 in groceries and alcohol before returning to the establishment on March 1 for $474.47 in items.
However Simmons’ legal troubles do not end there.
Today, he was not required to plead to uttering and forging a RBC Royal Bank cheque made payable to Blades and Williams for $4,427.27 on January 20, 2017. He is also accused of trying to defraud the same company of 11 concrete boards worth $1,172.93 and two doors worth $1,172.93 by trying to pay with the same forged cheque.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Cameron Gibbons, objected to bail for the unemployed man based on his antecedents and the seriousness of the offences before the court.
The officer pointed out that Simmons had 21 prior convictions all for offences of a similar nature and submitted that there was a need to protect society from the accused man.
In his application for his freedom, Simmons told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant he was willing to pay for the items he had acquired by fraudulent means but asked for a five to six month period to do so, even as he apologized to the court for “being in this situation”.
However, his application was denied.
Simmons, who was therefore remanded to HMP Dodds, returns to court in 28 days when he is due to be sentenced after the full facts of his case are revealed.