54-year-old woman arraigned on 76 counts of fraud

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Dawn Bethel, 54, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Wednesday, arraigned on 76 counts of fraud. Bethel pleaded not guilty to 65 counts of fraud by false pretenses, four counts of forgery, four counts of uttering forged documents, one count of attempted fraud, one count of converting the proceeds of crime […]

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Haitian national fined $3,000 for overstaying

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A Haitian national was arraigned in the magistrate’s court on Wednesday, charged with overstaying. Arius Philippe appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans. Philippe was convicted of overstaying and was fined $3000.00 or in default of payment, he would serve one-year imprisonment at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. Upon serving his sentence, he […]

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Michelle Reckley case transferred to another magistrate

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The money laundering, extortion and fraud case involving former Urban Renewal director Michelle Reckley was transferred to Magistrate Ambrose Ambrister in court #10 on Monday, after Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said she and two other magistrates were mindful not to adjudicate the matter for various reasons. The chief magistrate also stated that […]

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Foreign nationals charged with illegal landing, overstaying

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Six foreign nationals were charged in a magistrate’s court last Thursday, March 14, 2019, on charges of illegal landing or overstaying. According to a statement issued from the Department of Immigration, the foreign nationals comprised of five Haitians and one Jamaican, who were arraigned before magistrate Carolina Evans in magistrate court number […]

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Fred Smith, QC, calls for Nygard to be jailed after latest court no-show

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Billionaire fashion mogul Peter Nygard was a no-show once again in the Supreme Court on Thursday; an action which led Fred Smith, QC, to urge the court immediately to arrest and incarcerate Nygard. Court proceedings got underway shortly after 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Nygard was due to appear before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson to […]

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Lawyer representing CDU tells court Marvin Pratt was never arrested

DEU now has seven days to give an account   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Ryan Sands, the laywer who represents head of the Central Detective Unit (CDU), Chief Supt. Solomon Cash, told the supreme court on Thursday that Cash nor anyone else at CDU arrested Marvin Pratt, a man who was reported missing by his mother […]

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71-year-old pleads not guilty to charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with minor

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Norman Ferguson,71, pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in a Grand Bahama court on Wednesday. The pensioner is accused of having sexual relations with an eight-year-old relative. According to police, the mother of the minor contacted the Police Control Room to report the matter on […]

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11 foreign nationals charged for various offences

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 11 foreign nationals were arraigned in a magistrate’s court on Tuesday on various charges ranging from possession of a fraudulent extension stamp, overstaying, illegal landing and engaging in gainful occupation without the right to work. The foreign nationals appeared in court number eight before Magistrate Subusola Swain. A statement […]

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Shane Gibson’s trial set for September

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Supreme Court Justice Indra Charles last week dismissed a constitutional motion by former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) cabinet minister, Shane Gibson, and sustained the criminal proceedings against him. Justice  Charles also partially lifted Gibson’s gag order and announced his September 23, 2019 trial date on charges that he obtained over $600,000 dollars […]

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12 charged with operating illegal garages

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Twelve persons were brought before Magistrate Samuel McKinney in court number one on Friday, March 8, charged with operating illegal garages. Two persons also appeared before the same judge, charged with two counts of building without a permit, and making renovations to a building without approval, which is contrary to the Building […]

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Jamaican posing as orthodontist charged on 10 counts of fraud

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Santini Kerr-Wilson, a 27-year-old Jamaican of Bonham Spring Ocho Rios, Jamaica, shed tears on Thursday when she stood before magistrate Samuel McKinney, charged on 10 counts of fraud while posing as an orthodontist. The mother of two and the owner of “Italian Braces”, posted an ad in February which stated that she specialized […]

11 foreign nationals charged in court

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Eleven foreign nationals were convicted in a magistrate’s court on Wednesday. The nationals comprised of nine Haitians and two Jamaicans. The nationals were arraigned in magistrate’s court number 11 before Magistrate Kara Turnquest for various immigration offences. A statement released yesterday from the Department of Immigration outlined that the  11 foreign nationals […]

15 foreign nationals convicted in GB magistrate’s court

FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – Fifteen foreign nationals were convicted in a Grand Bahama magistrate’s court on Tuesday, March 5. The foreign nationals comprised of 12 Haitians, two Chinese and one Colombian. The foreign nationals were all arraigned in magistrate’s court number three before magistrate Rengin Johnson and were convicted of the following charges respectively. Delise Gedilis, […]

Man accused of raping teen boy

Paul Lewis, 37, appeared last week Friday before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse. Prosecutors alleged that Lewis, a resident of Yamacraw Shores, had sex with a boy of 14 in February 2019. Sources told Eyewitness News Online that Lewis, a Director at a private wealth management company, was allegedly caught by […]