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Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Godswell Flores and Jermaine CastilloOn Tuesday, October 15th, a salesman and a driver were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on charges of theft and forgery.

First to be arraigned was a Universal BPO salesman, 26-year-old Godswell Phillip Flores, who was read two indictable offenses. They include one count of theft and one count of forgery.

Flores is accused that sometime between October 5, 2013 and October 7, 2013, whilst in Belize City, with intent to defraud Universal BPO, he forged a Belize Bank cheque with serial number, #000793 dated October 4, 2013 in the amount of $860.94.

He is also accused that on October 5th, 2013, he dishonestly appropriated for himself, 6 blank cheques property of Universal BPO with serial numbers, #793, #794, #795, #796, #797 and #798, which cost $.10 each, all to a total of $.60 cents, property of Universal BPO.

No plea was taken from Flores since the prosecutor, Cpl. Kennard Clark indicated to the court that he is not certain if the DPP will be dealing with the matter on indictment at this time. There was no objection to bail and it was offered to Flores in the amount of 3 thousand dollars plus one surety of the same amount. His bail was granted with conditions that he must report to the Queen Street Police Station every Monday commencing October 22, 2013 until his case is disposed of by the court.

The second to be arraigned in connection with the 6 blank cheques was 27-year-old Jermaine Castillo, a Driver of #77 Amara Avenue in Belize City.

Castillo also appeared before Magistrate, Leslie Hamilton, however, he was unrepresented. Castillo was read two separate criminal charges of uttering a false document and one count of claiming upon a forged document.

Allegations being made against Castillo is that on October 7, 2013, in Belize City he uttered (presented) for himself, a Belize bank cheque with serial number, #000793 dated October 4, 2013 in the name of Renickle Hemmans in the sum of $860.74 and that at the time he presented the cheque, he knew that the cheque was forged or not genuine. Castillo was additionally charged with claiming upon a forged document, when he accepted from Renickle Hemmans the sum of $860. 74.

No plea also taken from Castillo since it is also not certain whether his case will be dealt with at this time on indictment or summarily. He was then granted bail with the condition that he present himself to the Queen Street Police Station every Monday.

Both Flores and Castillo are due back in Court before Magistrate Hettie Mae-Stewart on November 22, 2013.

 In a report to police, 34-year-old Accountant, Tiffany Gideon of Universal BPO, reported to police that sometime between Friday, October 4, 2013 ad Tuesday, October 8, 2013, six blank Belize Bank cheques were stolen from inside her office.

According to Gideon, she later learnt that one of the cheques in the name of Renickle Hemmans was cashed and that’s when she immediately notified her supervisor and the matter was reported to the Police department where court action was requested against the culprits responsible.

Police investigation led to the arrest of both Flores and Castillo on Friday, October 11, 2013.