Suspended senior police officer and mother granted bail on fraud charges

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Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John and his mother, Yvonne Nickie, were each granted  $50,000 bail this morning when they were taken to court on multiple fraud related charges.

John, who has been on suspension since April 13, and his mother, were each required to pay $10,000 cash and get two sureties to sign for their bail.

While their case is pending, they must report everyday to Parham Police Station. Additionally, they had to surrender their travel documents to the court.

The mother and son face five joint counts of conspiracy to forge Antigua and Barbuda passports, contrary to Common Law.

John is separately charged with two counts of larceny of 54 multi-layered Infilling Sheets and one multi-layered Infilling patch, valued at EC$21,700, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office.

And, he’s also accused of receiving four multi-layered infilling sheets and one multi-layered infilling patch valued at EC$1,300, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office, knowing same to have been stolen.

All the offences were allegedly committed between January and March this year.

John, 47, and Nickie, 63, were subjected to fingerprinting at St. John’s Police Station this morning before they were escorted to the St. John’s Magistrates’ court before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh for the bail hearing.

They are now to return to court on July 11 for their next hearing.

The duo was represented by attorneys Dane Hamilton and Nelisa Spencer.

On April 15, the police pulled Nickie from a flight that was set to depart Antigua, just days after lawmen searched her son’s home in her presence and confiscated a number of items as evidence.

During that search, ASP John and his elderly mom, who was in Antigua visiting him, were allegedly advised they would be required to give statements to the police at a later date.

Nickie, nonetheless, later proceeded with her plans to return to her nativeland, St. Vincent, and that’s when she was stopped at the V.C. Bird International Airport and taken to Police Headquarters for questioning.

The woman was advised not to leave the country thereafter, police sources said.

It was in early April that the police in St. Vincent intercepted a man with five bio pages of Antigua and Barbuda passports among other items, to include a large quantity of cash.

The police in that country have been collaborating with lawmen from Antigua and Barbuda since then, as fingers were pointed at ASP John.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Like I’ve said before I just learned of this, you can’t have a Mongoose guarding the chicken coup. His high position did not cause him to have any regards for the welfare of God Antigua and Barbuda. IT’S TIME TO MAKE A SWEEP OF FOREIGNERS IN HIGH POSITIONS IN ANTIGUA. Train the right native born for those positions. At least if they mess up, they’re messing up their own country. Not someone else doing it.

  2. This place is a pure CARTOON TOWN. Did anyone see the news clip how the then 16 year old mother placed her hand on her hip. Tek Dat…

    • She put her hand on her hip because she no KAY, is not the Vincentian passport they spoiling, and is not their island (St. Vincent) they making look bad. Poor us in this country of ours with them for………..

  3. He should be charged with treason. Any other regular man would’ve gotten a higher bail or not even granted bail. It’s appearant that him n his mother some frauds n shouldn’t have been granted bail. Still no Justice for the regular people of Antigua. If it was an Antigian with Antiguan roots would have gotten a higher bail or bail not granted. Smh he will get off easy

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