Taxi driver granted bail over plywood cheque fraud

A man facing three charges, including uttering a forged cheque for $1 million was on Monday granted bail when he appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

It is alleged that on December 21 at Georgetown, Rudolph Marshall conspired with a person or persons unknown to defraud by obtaining plywood in the sum of $1,246,050 through the use of a Republic Bank cheque dated December 21, 2013. It is alleged that Marshall had knowledge that the cheque had been forged. It is also alleged that Marshall uttered a forged document.

It is the prosecution’s case that on December 21 Marshall uttered to Stacy Ann Bassoo one Republic Bank cheque dated December 23 in favour of Steven Bovell in the sum of $1,246,050, knowing said cheque to be forged.

Marshall’s third and final charge alleged that on December 21 at Georgetown, with intent to defraud Gafsons Industries Limited, he delivered one Republic Bank cheque, in favour of Steven Bovell, in the sum of $1,246,050, knowing said cheque to be forged.

Marshall pleaded not guilty to all of the charges when they were read to him by Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty.

The 64-year-old man was represented by attorney-at-law Adrian Thompson who made a bail application for his client. Thompson stated that his client is a father of six who has been living in an apartment at 52 Fifth Street, Alberttown for about two years.

According to Thompson, Marshall is employed as a taxi driver with Cyril’s Taxi Service and had been hired to deliver the cheque. Thompson continued by refuting the prosecution’s claims that his client obtained the plywood and added that it is impossible for over $1 million worth of plywood to fit into a car.

Marshall was granted $100,000 bail for each charge and is to return to court on January 21.

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