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$5.5m fraud accused denied bail again
A Tobago housewife, accused of defrauding the Office of the Prime Minister of $5.5 million, has again been denied bail. Gail Francis, 36, of Milford Road, Scarborough, Tobago, was denied bail for a third time when she appeared before Magistrate Marcia Murray in the Port-of-Spain First court yesterday. She was first denied bail when she appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates Court last Tuesday, and again when she reappeared in the Port-of-Spain three days later. Attorney Martin George represented Francis and said he would be applying to a judge for bail.
The prosecution is alleging that Francis and a relative, trading as Francis Rentals Ltd, received the sum after tendering a forged document, which purportedly emanated from the OPM to a bank. The offence is alleged to have occurred between March 20 and 22. During yesterday’s hearing, court prosecutors opposed bail saying Francis was a flight risk. They also referred to the sum of money allegedly stolen and the fact that the man has yet to be arrested. Prosecutors said investigators were seeking assistance from Interpol to track down the relative who is believed to be in the United States. Francis will reappear in court on October 4.
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