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27 more credit card charges against Nigerian-Vincy

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27 more credit card charges against Nigerian-Vincy

The Nigerian-Vincentian woman charged with using a 90-year-old businessman’s credit card without his permission and stealing EC$1,472.01 from him has had 27 additional charges brought against her.

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On Tuesday, the Family Court continued the EC$40,000 bail with the one surety that the High Court granted 25-year-old Eunice Dowers in March.

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She is expected to appear before the Serious Offences Court on Friday (tomorrow), when more charges are expected to be brought against her

She is charged that with intent to defraud the First Caribbean International Bank, she obtained service by representing, without the consent of Bertille DaSilva, 90, of Indian Bay, that she was a holder of a credit card issued to him

She is alleged to have committed the same crime on several occasions. 

In March, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne denied Dowers bail after the prosecution argued that she is a flight risk

However, High Court Judge, Justice Brian Cottle granted her bail after hearing an application by counsel Grant Connell, who took over from Jemalie John

As part of the bail conditions, Dowers, née Armachi, was ordered to surrender her travel document and to report to police on Mondays and Fridays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m

Dowers is married to a Vincentian and is said to have been living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for seven years

iWitness News has been able to independently verify that she holds a St. Vincent and the Grenadines passport

The court also ordered that stop notices be issued to ports of entry and exit

During his bail application before the Serious Offences Court, Connell had said that his client had cooperated with police during their investigation

However, Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche had objected to the woman’s bail as the matter came up for the second time in as many weeks

Delplesche also told the court that while John has said that Dowers had been cooperating with the police, this was not the case

He told the court that authorities had retrieved a particular item from the woman in prison

“A particular item came from a particular place in the human anatomy that only a female has, when she went to prison,” Delplesche told the court

iWitness News understands that Dowers had a thumb drive in her vagina in prison

She reportedly told police that she had had it there for two weeks

iWitness News understands that investigators are looking into some 400 suspicious transactions on DaSilva’s credit card

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