‘Skimming’ charges in court

Patrick Virgo and Marc Thompson
appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday to face charges of transfer of criminal
property, making an arrangement concerning criminal property, acquiring criminal
property and removing criminal property.

The charges are in relation to a
scheme the men are alleged to have been involved with in which credit and debit
card numbers were stolen using a process known as skimming.

According to Royal Cayman Islands
Police, there were roughly 21 victims, costing a local bank $40,838.75.

During Tuesday’s proceedings, it
was said that Thompson 24, did not have an attorney and does not intend to get
one.

Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale
however, advised the defendant that the matter involved a breach of an
employer’s trust, causing much embarrassment and was something that could carry
a custodial sentence.

He agreed to consider the magistrate’s
suggestion.

Thompson, a Caymanian national, now
lives in Cayman Brac, where he works at a hotel.

Co-defendant Patrick Virgo, 33, is
represented by Attorney KeithCollins.

In granting both men bail, the
court ordered that they surrender all their travel documents, including an
American passport held by Thompson.

She ordered that the men make no
attempt to leave the jurisdiction of the Cayman Islands without the court’s
permission and set bail at $950, plus one surety for Thompson.

For Patrick Virgo, a Jamaican
national, bail was set at $5,000 with two sureties.

He was also ordered to stay away
from ports.

The magistrate indicated that it
seemed the two men had different roles, with one probably supplying the numbers
at a rate and one using them for direct gains.

She ordered that the men return to
Summary Court for further mention of these charges on 9 March.

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