A man who was recently charged after police dismantled a counterfeit ring, was today remanded to prison after purchasing a bouquet of flowers with fake US currency.

Dexter Thompson, 26, a clothes vendor, of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The unrepresented man denied the charge, which stated that on January 26,2019, at Second Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he uttered to Marie Sampson 650 US dollars, knowing same to be forged.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that on the day in question, Thomas went to the victim’s Flower Shop and purchased a bouquet of flowers. The court heard the defendant paid with a 50 US. He then asked the victim to change 600 US, to which she agreed. However, shorty after he left, the woman observed the notes were fake. The matter was then reported and the defendant was arrested at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was attending a matter.

Prosecutor Mansfield objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds that the defendant has a matter of similar nature before the courts.

The Magistrate, after listening to the prosecutor remanded Thomas to prison until January 17,2020.

Last May, Thomas and others were slapped with a total of 10 charges covering US$14,650 in fake US currency.


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