Woman facing four more charges over alleged vehicles scam

Manager of Queenstown A&J Auto Sales, Simone King, called Dianne De Nobrega, appeared on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on four additional charges of obtaining over $1.4 million from four persons by pretending that she could obtain cars for them.

Dianne De Nobrega

She was subsequently granted bail in the sum of $1 million shortly after Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson read the charges to her.

King, 30, of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara had been previously charged with eight counts of fraudulent conversion after she allegedly made use of over $2 million  she  had obtained from several persons to whom she was supposed to supply cars.

She appeared in court on February 17 for those matters and had been later granted bail in the sum of $800,000 at the High Court when her lawyer James Bond made a bail application there.

She had also been previously charged with being involved in a $4.9 million visa scam.

King was not required to enter a plea to the four indictable charges of obtaining money by false pretence that were read to her on Wednesday.

It is alleged that on December 9 last year, with intent to defraud, she obtained $300,000 from Eslyn Benn Dennis by pretending that she was in a position to supply him with a nine-seat minibus, knowing same to be false.

It is also alleged that between January 21 and February 8 this year, she obtained $250,000 from Wayne Robinson and on January 11, she obtained $400,000 from Ronald Durant by pretending that she was in a position to supply each of them with a Toyota Raum motorcar.

It is also alleged that between December 16 and 18 last year, with intent to defraud, she obtained $500,000 from Dwayne Crandon by pretending that she was in a position to supply him with a Toyota Carina AT 212 motorcar.

Her lawyer Gordon Gilhuys applied for reasonable bail for her. Prosecutor Stephen Telford made no objections to the bail application but stated that it should be granted in a substantial sum.

He also said that bail should be granted under the conditions that King’s passport be lodged at the Criminal Investigations Department, Eve Leary, and that she must report to the police station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 am until the matters are concluded.

He also requested an adjournment in the matters in order to seek advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gilhuys then stated that he was opposed to the conditions that the prosecutor had stipulated for bail being granted to his client. The prosecutor then stated that investigations were still ongoing against King and several other charges of a similar nature are likely to be brought against her shortly.

King is expected to make another court appearance on March 31.

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