Phone fraud charges

In Summary Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Nova Hall requested a Spanish interpreter for a man accused of cell phone top-up fraud.

Ortillo Reyes Santiago, 48, is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday, 15 December. Meanwhile, the magistrate remanded him to Northward Prison.

A news release from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service described Santiago as a Dominican national. His charge sheets showed an address in Barcelona, Spain.

Details of the first charge are that, between 16-19 April, while using stolen credit card details of other banking customers, he conducted multiple eTopUp transactions on-line to complete purchases to the value of US$4,630 for his LIME cell phone to obtain property by deception.

Four charges of transfer of criminal property relate to the allegation that he credited other subscribers’ phone by using the Peer to Peer feature. Amounts ranged from CI$25 to US$925.

Santiago also faces four charges of use of criminal property in similar amounts.

The charges of transfer and use of criminal property were brought under the Proceeds of Crime Law, which came into effect in 2008.