ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — A Canadian couple is remanded in custody and awaiting a second court appearance after being charged with what Grenada police claim is a “ring” that cheated elderly Canadian and American citizens out of thousands of dollars.
Magistrate Tamara Gill refused a request for bail from defence lawyer, Peter David, who is representing Quebec residents Denzel Roach, 21, and his 22-year-old female companion, Amanda Forbes.
One local newspaper, Caribupdate Weekly, has reported that Roach, Forbes and Grenadian Francis Richards are facing eight indictable charges of money laundering.
“The group of three is alleged to have collected various sums amounting to at least EC$30,000,” the paper said.
It reported police prosecutor, Vannie Curwen, as saying that more charges could be filed against the trio and that the total cash amount involved is way higher than the EC$30,000.
Curwen, an assistant superintend of police, said among those from whom statements have been received are “witnesses from outside the jurisdiction,” believed to include Canadian police.
During the first court appearance of the accused, Curwen told the magistrate that the “safest and most prudent” measure she could adopt is denying all three defendants bail.
He said there was “no assurance or guarantee” that the accused will “show up for trial”, once granted bail.
Richards is said to have collected the money at a wire transfer service operator after it would have arrived here from North America.
The 34-year-old, whose attorney is also David, was born in Trinidad but has been living in Grenada since age three.