Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Romanian visitors to be deported on money laundering charges

Taxpayers will not have to bear the cost of keeping two Romanians imprisoned at the island's penal institution once an imposed fine is paid.

"It is best to see the back of you so taxpayers don't have to fund you," Magistrate Douglas Frederick said yesterday as he imposed a $10 000 forthwith fine on each man.

The men- Ionut Sticland, 22 and Antonio Marian Dumitru, 25, had both pleaded guilty to charges relating money laundering.

Prosecutor Police Constable Kevin Forde, in the No. 1 District "A" Magistrates' Court, said the two men were seen on video footage using a number of cards at ATM machines throughout the island. Police also found money and various cards with attached adhesive tape, after they apprehended and searched the men.

After the magistrate considered "the cost analysis" of keeping the foreigners in prison he imposed the fine and ordered that they be deported.

Lawyer for the duo, Jamila Burgess, informed the court that the men's relatives were going to send the money for the fines through Western Union. However, the process was not completed and the two returned to HMP Dodds.

If the money is not paid a prison sentence of nine months will be imposed on both men.  

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