Gibson-Marks receives fine

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Gibson-Marks receives fine
Gibson-Marks
Gibson-Marks

Former Registrar of the High Court in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanessa Tamara Gibson-Marks, was fined $10,500 on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The St. Lucian had pleaded guilty to stealing EC$21,925 and the abuse of authority in office.

According to I-Witness News, District 1 Magistrate Carla James fined Gibson-Marks EC$4,500 on the theft charge with the sum to be paid in one month or three months imprisonment. She fined EC$6,000 on the abuse of authority charge, to pay in three months or spend six months in jail.

Director of Public Prosecution Colin Williams had discontinued the other charge — that “on May 7th, 2014 in Kingstown St. Vincent and the Grenadines being a person employed in the public service who being authorized to give a certificate touching any matter by virtue whereof the rights of any person may be prejudicially affected did give a certificate which was to your knowledge false in a material particular to wit an order claim 96/1980”.

Gibson-Marks initially pleaded not guilty to all three charges and was granted bail with one surety when she appeared in court on August 21, three months after Attorney-General Judith Jones-Morgan asked her to resign.

Gibson-Marks was represented in court by St. Lucian lawyer, Alberton Richelieu.

I-Witness News has reported that the court is expected to hear soon an application by Attorney General Judith Jones-Morgan to have Gibson-Marks disbarred from practicing law in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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  1. Just as I thought. She got a slap on the wrist. Despite stealing $300K, committing fraud and betraying the country she walks away with an insignificant fine. I make a faction of $300K per year and even I can afford to pay $10.500 within 3 months to avoid jail time. She is laughing at the courts now. The same court system she defrauded is showing her leniency. I bet she spends more than $10500 on clothes and shoes

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  2. Folks in SVG are not supprised by the fine.They know the vibes of the system. PM Gonsalves confirmed that 130,000 was deposited to the bank.The context in which he mentioned it clearly suggested it was a repayment...after the perpetrator was confronted and proceedings initiated. $300000 was stated as missing yet the charge was only $21,000. The fraud charge related to the altered documents was dropped by the DPP. Why?.
    In any civilized part of the world a criminal offence of this nature, involving breach of trust by a high public official would first been referred to the high court as an indictable matter. To be sure sentencing would have been somewhere in the vicinity of 4 yes ,fine, an order for restitution, prohibition from public office .Disbarment would follow for all EC courts.
    Here are some facts about the dog and pony show.The DPP and Tamara's husband shared PM Go salves law office.They both are party stalwarts and were Senators appointed by Gonsalves. The magistrate hasn't got much experience.
    When the Attorney General read the charges and demanded Ms Marks resignation no arrest was arranged.She was allowed to take flight to St Lucia within ninety minutes. On the other hand a young Vincy high court registrar in the mid 1970's was promptly arrested and taken to the female jail in SVG for the exact same thing , save that the amount stolen was nowhere near 21000 or 300,000 for that matter.
    It should be interesting to see what action would be taken by the Cheif Justice against an officer of the court.after all it was the supreme court funds held in trust which was stolen. In svg a few yrs ago, a senior lawyer and former judge was disbarred for tiefing millions from Danish investors who invested in real estate.
    One last note. What happened to the courts internal control system. There appears that no proper financial control system was in place.Maybe the system was there and Tamara used her position and power to abuse it.Lets check on the developments.

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  3. shes an elite hahaha she got away sorry but thats how we do it half of yal vex if was yal yal thiefing to so hush !!!! doh thief and see how ull be like a dog with nothing i like her!

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    • It's amazing how idiots like you rejoice about her being an elite and getting away with a crime by paying an easy fine. And that's just what's wrong with the small island

      THIRD WORLD MENTALITY :: IT'S CORRUPTION IDIOT!!

      And if anyone is vex about her getting away, they shouldn't be because a GOOD NAME IS BETTER THAN SILVER OR GOLD!

      CLEARLY, HER NAME HAS BEEN TAINTED AND WILL ALWAYS BE ASSOCIATED WITH STEALING!!

      THE WOMAN IS A THIEF !!

      AND I PROMISE YOU, THE ST.LUCIA THAT I KNOW WILL NEVER LET HER FORGET THAT.

      HAHAHA !! So continue to rejoice in your idiocy and seek sympathy for thieves !! YOU FOOL !!

      And to test this theory let's see if she can walk the streets of St.lucia with out being chastised, harassed or with out being called VOLEH OR INSULTING NAMES.

      I HIGHLY DOUBT IT !! SO YOUR LAUGHTER IS CHEAP, IGNORANT AND A SORRY ASS LAME THIRD WORLD MENTALITY FOR A HUMAN BEIGN !!

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  4. The real hypocracy is whether the State will appeal the somewhat linent decisions. Just like the decision on the removal of the St. Lucian Police Commissioner. It was never appealed since his alleged political affiliates came assumed office he was paid legal costs and promoted to a position of eminence in our embassy .It just exposes the real intention of CCJ which is to crucify the poor man and enable the "higher ups" and politicial affiliates to escape and encourage political expediency.

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  5. The funny thing about that whole Tamara issue is that a particular radio station has not said anything about it. Most news of the issue is from SNO. Tamara is co-owner of the radio station and the reporters don't want to embarrass their boss.

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  6. the chick made a PROFIT but her reputation is TARNISHED!!!she can never be some so called BIG SHOT in ST Lucia, because Lucians will never make her forget she is a THIEF!!!!!

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  7. No surprise there.
    We, ex-slaves, like to continue blazin with our support for white collar crimes in "High-Places"

    And you think anyone will take us seriously?

    Let a commoner do the same and see what happens. 😉

    Jokers!!!

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    • WAIT HOLD UP AB SERIOUSLY !! WASN'T IT YOU THAT WAS SUPPORTING THIS WOMAN IN PREVIOUS POST,TALKING ABOUT:

      (paraphrasing here) Because she is well off that St.lucians are jealous of her and we should leave her alone and you are sick and tired or lucians blah, blah, blah?

      ARE YOU A FLIP FLOPPER?

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  8. I'm not going to rejoice on this young lady down fall. I'm sorry to see we all rejoicing on this, Jesus Christ died for our sins and we all have commited crimes in god eyes, so why are we putting this young lady down.
    If we were in her shoes an we got the opportunity to do so we would.
    She is not my friend but all I can say Tamara keep your head high, u are not the first and u won't be the last.

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    • Concern Lucian, why don't you go give her $30,000 of your hard earned money to spend on making a fashion statement and maintaining a lifestyle that she can't afford. She did the crime she has to pay for it. Render on to Cesar what is Cesar's

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      • exactly!!!! If she was my friend I would tell her straight you had no reason to steal. If I was the court I would fine her more. that's all she gets! its not even equivalent to what she stole.

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    • We are all thieves in one way or another. Do you give your employer eight hours work for what they are paying you for?What do you call yourself.

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    • So currently I manage all the companies credit card accounts with little supervision does that mean I given the opportunity I should consider stealing from the company just because the opportunity presents itself every day. The same Jesus who died on the cross also said "thou Shalt not Steal" The young lady apparently want to live above a means, wants to be like the jones' is not satisfied with what she has, and I am sure she is not in need like a lot of us who live pay check to pay check. that's as far as I am concerned was sheer greed on her part. you are right she wont be the first and she wont be the last, but bloody hell she should not have been any of them. if she was poor needy, sick or destitute I would have some compassion but woman not a woman who holds such a good paying job. please some of us like to compromise with people in their wrong doing. ruining your life for 21,000 dollars. you spent more that that doing your law degree!!!! for Christ sakes, was it worth the sacrifice??

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    • Hold your [email protected]# you trifling hethan, you are another thief just like Tamara, Why defend her? I'm sure your bible says it's okay to steal because you read it upside down you bible terrorist. You are letting people know you are a real certified dumbass. Stay away from the computer you are not smart enough to post comments.

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