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Duo Charged With 50 Counts Of Fraud

Two of three people believed to be behind a major car fraud scam were on Monday charged in court with swindling more than a dozen Bahamians out of $34,650 over a five month period.

Thirty-two-year-old Shayne Mackey and one of his co accused, 23-year-old Kayleaser Cartwright were yesterday formally charged with fraud.

Mackey, who also goes by the names Leo Johnson, Steven Major and Steven Rolle and who’s address is listed on court documents as Her Majesty’s Prisons, was charged with nearly 50 cases of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Sources indicated that he was working with Cartwright and another woman from behind bars to commit the crimes.

He was first arraigned in Court Number Five before Magistrate Derence Rolle Davis with 18 counts; 13 counts of fraud by false pretences and five counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretences.

It is alleged that between August 2012 and January 2013, Mackey, along with a female resident of Cowpen Road – fraudulently obtained some $14,440 from at least eight different people.

They were also charged with conspiracy in these matters.

During that arraignment, Mackey pleaded not guilty all charges.

Magistrate Rolle Davis said there were too many cases against Mackey and bail was denied.

Minutes later the accused appeared in court number 10 before Magistrate Guillamina Archer, charged with another 13 counts of fraud by false pretences and 10 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretences.

Police alleged that between October last year and January this year, Mackey fraudulently obtained $20,250 from his victims.

Court documents say he conspired with Henria Cooper of Cowpen Road who was not in court due to a reported illness to commit the crimes.

Twenty three-year-old Kayleaser Cartwright, appeared in Court Number 10 to face one charge of fraud by false pretences, along with Cooper and Mackey and one charge of abetment.

She was not represented by an attorney and pleaded not guilty to both charges, $5,000 bail was granted with one suretor.

Mackey also pleaded not guilty all of the additional charges, however bail was denied and he was remanded to prison.

Mackey’s lawyer C. Alexander Dorsett told the court that that his client has just wrapped up a five-year prison sentence last year for similar offences and is currently on remand for the same thing.

Mackey is set to return to court on several dates in May and June.

Cartwright heads back to court on June 11.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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