Man charged after uplifting Cell Phone for Home Affairs Minister under false pretense

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Damion Bailey. [iNews' Photo]
Damion Bailey. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Computer Programmer of Craig Village, East Bank Demerara was today placed on $200,000 bail on a false pretense charge.

Damion Bailey pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleged that November 13 at Digicel’s Head Office, Barrack and Fort Street, Kingston, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained from Atisha Richards, a Customer Service Representative, one U Mobile Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $130,000, by falsely pretending that he was sent to collect the phone for Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant told the Court that on the day in question; the defendant presented himself to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and collected the phone.

After he left, the CEO called Minister Rohee to inform him that the cellular phone was on its way. However, the CEO was told by the Home Affairs Minister that he never requested a phone.

Subsequently, the CEO called the defendant to return and collect additional accessories for the phone; however, when Bailey returned he was apprehended.

The Court heard that Bailey committed a similar offence at Cell Phone Shack, which is currently being investigated.

Representing the defendant was Attorney – at – Law, Adrian Thompson, who argued that his client was indeed sent to collect the phone and questioned why Bailey would submit his correct identification card or proof of address.

He added that sometime ago his client was working with the Minister of Home Affairs. The matter was adjourned to December 22.

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