42-year-old Marlus Hendricks of Lot 2948 North Ruimveldt, Georgetown appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts this morning where he was charged with fraud.
He was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
The particulars of the charge states that on July 17, 2019, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he forged a certain document to make an agreement purporting to be signed by Antoine Charles, knowing same to be forged.
Hendricks was placed on $30,000 bail after denying the charge. He was advised to return to court on February 16 when the matter will be called at Courts 8 & 9.
He was represented by attorney-at-law Clevon Humphrey. According to the attorney, the matter was brought to the High Court where two government analysts have evaluated the document and reported that the signature of the sale is authentic. He further said that he is surprised that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has advised for the matter to be heard at the Georgetown court considering that the DPP is aware of the analysts’ report.
Humphrey then suggested that the prosecutor write to the DPP to request a reconsideration of the charge. He said that he is of the view that the matter will not proceed before the court.
The police prosecutor told the court that the facts in the matter state that on the day in question, the accused and the deceased made an agreement for the property to be sold. A payment of $50,000,000 in cash was then paid, however, the deceased man’s son on July 2, 2020 noticed the signature on the document appeared to be forged.
According to the man who appeared on behalf of his father, he saw the signature on the sale after receiving a letter from Hendricks. The letter had the document attached.
He then made a report to the police and Hendricks was arrested, hence the charge today.