UPDATE: St. Lucians charged with immigration offences; ATM scam probe continues

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UPDATE: St. Lucians charged with immigration offences; ATM scam probe continues
Jammy Harry and Aaron Kadoo
Aaron Kadoo (left) and Mario Chitolie.
Aaron Kadoo (left) and Mario Chitolie.

Police have charged two St. Lucian men with illegal entry into St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The two, Aaron Kadoo, 30, and Mario Chitolie, 25, are also said to be assisting police with their investigation into an alleged automatic teller machine (ATM) scam in St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the past few days.

When they appeared before Bertie Pompey at the Kingstown Magistrate’s court on Wednesday, both men pleaded not guilty to a charge that on March 10, 2017, they entered the state by boat and disembarked without the consent of an immigration officer.

St. Lucians, Jammy Harry, left, Mario Chitolie, centre, and Aaron Kadoo are persons of interest in an ATM scam investigation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (iWN photo)
St. Lucians, Jammy Harry, left, Mario Chitolie, centre, and Aaron Kadoo are persons of interest in an ATM scam investigation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (iWN photo)

Aaron is also charged that on March 10, 2017, being a prohibited immigrant, he entered the state without a passport, at Barrouallie — a fishing town on the St. Vincent’s east coast. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecutor Shamrock Pierre objected to their bail, telling the court that police are investigating a series of offences and the men are persons of interest in those investigations.

He said the Crown was asking for two weeks to allow detectives to complete their investigations, adding that after this period, another application may be made.

Pompey remanded the men into custody.

The men were arrested as police conducted an investigation into an ATM scam in which some EC$70,000 was stolen from the accounts of depositors of one bank, sources have told iWitness News.

Also on Wednesday, another St. Lucian, Jammy Harry, 22, was slapped with nine counts of theft, amounting to EC$15,500 in cash, allegedly committed between March 10 and 12, 2017.

The charges against Harry are said to have resulted from the police investigation.

The charges have been laid indictable under Section 209(1) of the Criminal Code and Harry has been denied bail, and was remanded to prison until April 20, 2017 for the commencement of a preliminary inquiry.

Police say their investigation into the ATM scam continues.

On Monday, Bank of St. Vincent & the Grenadines Ltd. (BOSVG), of which the St. Lucia based East Caribbean Financial Holding Company owns 51 percent, said it is aware of recent reports regarding fraudulent activities at ATMs, which it said may have affected some of its customers.

BOSVG did not refer to the police investigation in its statement but said that the incidences “are not limited to any particular bank and are likely to have affected various institutions”.

The bank said it takes matters of customer safety and security very seriously, “and remains unwavering in our commitment to safeguarding the financial affairs of our valued customers.

“The Bank continues to implement technological solutions to mitigate instances of fraudulent activity.

“In light of these reports, customers are therefore urged to continue to be vigilant when using ATMs,” the bank said, and reminded customers of ways of protecting themselves from scams while using ATMs.

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  1. Gods punishment is upon those parents for cursing their 2 older children's life instead of blessing them. They're the only ones in all their siblings who cursed the lives of their 2 eldest kids, when the kids were trying so hard to push forward. The father was doing wickedness to them from the time they were small kids. All that was kept hidden. He now has to pay for all his dirty ways

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  2. Well let's hope it sets good example ,noe a days is quick money and nobody wants to work youngster's

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  3. Its true these guys are wrong and should be dealt with, but i am curious to know why the same does not apply to rapists and sexual predators among us. If you can show thieves identities show all the thieves in Government and the predators too !!

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    • Shame on him for what? Where was your opinion when the ministers stealing money left, right and centre? Not shame on Kenny? Lucians too stupid.

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  4. Crime is on the rise the TV ? has made this come to reality and now they've started to live by these Hollywood fiction. Thing is we are in trouble because unfortunately people encourage this behaviour here a stolen mango, coconut, or item which sometimes locals buy. Parents need to bring up their kids right live by example and constantly encourage each other to do good do what is right it's called integrity.

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  5. when we see guys at the bars spending big money and we know they are not working , we need to question ourselves

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  6. Urll right urll fast to arrest urll dirty dog bt urll nt send da police officers who kill ppl just so and for the ministers doin their bucket i hate urll lucians urll suck

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  7. If they were lost at sea their sutweyez "enablers" mothers would come and say they went fishing.

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  8. Unfortunately there is no work in the South. I am by no means condoning their action for being unemployed but when we do not know their commitments.

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    • speaking out of both sides of your mouth there. By implying that their commitments may have lead to their actions because of lack of work in the south, you are condoning their actions. There is no excuse.

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    • FYI,Those young men have no commitments.They live very happy lives for your information.They are not struggling at all.As you can see they are employed.Their career is to steal.

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      • Well I see a lot of people getting vex on FB but don't worry cause that's the tip of the iceberg, they are not the only ones doing it, that scam been going on for years some of you all escape gone to Canada, but later you will hear the rest... people like Jerry putting all these comments on Facebook need to be quiet

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      • I must say those are intelligent crimes...and it takes intelligent minds to carry them out.yo tojou di koolie ni ple leday pahay neg...im a fan of a show call masterminds and the detectives,judges,lawyers and society they all amaze at the way those intellect criminals accomplish their crimes....the shows favorite punch line is"How did he/they do it?"

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    • Stop ? making excuses for people it fools like you who encourage this like buy stolen goods from folks when you know the price is too good. I was out of employment and I didn't start stealing ... I kept on looking until I find a job so don't come up with your bs

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  9. Well if found guilty they will face jail time...how dear URL nice looking men bring shame on URL on beautiful country....URL just spoil our country's name in st.Vincent. shame URL family , especially if URL have gf/wife n kids.

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    • When we young girls see guys liming and spending money at large and we know they not working, we need to asked ourselves questions

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