Courier bailed on deception charge

A courier who allegedly used a customer’s credit card number without permission appeared in Summary Court on Friday charged with obtaining property by deception. 

Alejandro Matienzo Leon, 28, is charged with obtaining from a Cayman Airways employee a ticket valued at US$549.65 by falsely representing that he was authorized to use a bank credit card belonging to a named woman. The alleged offense occurred on Sept. 17. 

Crown counsel Neil Kumar said the owner of the bank card was contacted the next day about the ticket purchase. She said she did not buy it or authorize it. 

Mr. Kumar said it was alleged that Leon obtained the credit card number in the course of delivering a package to the woman. Such offending would be an abuse of Leon’s position as a FedEx employee, he told Magistrate Valdis Foldats.  

He advised that the Crown was opposing bail in part because investigations were ongoing. 

Defense attorney Clyde Allen responded by pointing out that his client has been in the Cayman Islands since 2009, has ties to the island and is of good character.  

When Leon first appeared before the magistrate, before it was known that he had an attorney, he said he had permanent residence. 

A police press statement released earlier in the day stated that Leon had been suspended from his job. 

During the bail hearing, the magistrate listed the factors to be considered and he asked whether the defendant was in employment or had lost his job. Mr. Allen confirmed that Leon’s employment had been terminated. “He had been employed with FedEx almost one year,” he added. 

The magistrate ruled that, since Leon faced a single charge and had no previous convictions, bail conditions could be imposed to ensure that the defendant returns to court. 

He ordered that Leon be fitted with an electronic monitor, live at a specified address, observe a curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., surrender all travel documents and not approach any port or airport. Further, he required a cash bond of $1,000 before Leon could be released from custody, plus recognizance and a surety both in the sum of $2,000. He set the matter for mention again on Tuesday, Sept. 29. 

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