Alleged passport scammers,Ray John et al, plead not guilty


Suspended senior police officer Ray John and his two co-accused maintain that they did not commit the passport scam that they are accused of.

John, his mother Yvonne Nickie and his then partner Shakema Charles β€” who was an employee of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office β€” are believed to have conspired with persons unknown to forge passports through the unauthorised use of Multi Layered Infilling Sheets (MLIS) belonging to the local passport office.

The offence allegedly occurred some time between the 28 October 2014 and 6 April, 2018.

Vincentian-born policeman, who was 45 years old at the time of his arrest, is also charged with two counts of larceny.

He is accused of stealing 16 of the sheets valued at $1,600 and also receiving them knowing them to be stolen.

John, represented by Attorney Dane Hamilton Snr, and the two women who are represented by lawyers Hugh Marshall and Michael Archibald, appeared in the High Court yesterday for their arraignment.

The trio told High Court Judge Colin Williams that they are not guilty of the charges against them The matter was then adjourned until July 23 at which time the court will decide on a trial date.

The alleged passport scam was uncovered early in April 2018 when the police in St Vincent and the Grenadines intercepted a man at the airport with five bio pages of Antigua and Barbuda passports, among other items, to include a large quantity of cash.

[The Daily Observer]

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  1. Ray John, his mother and his woman all got caught in their scampish ways. Now they want to plead not guilty. What a joke. If he still on the police force he should have been kicked off the force a long time ago. If he still on the force, that sets an example that corrupt cops are above the law, they can the break the same laws we all have to live under and they enforce. What kind of example is that to we the people?

    That piece of shit that needs to be deported back to his country. Our tax dollars should not be wasted paying this criminal’s paycheck, assuming he is still on the force.

    Send Ray John’s garbage ass back to St. Vincent.

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