Port Kaituma woman on fraud charges over sale of clothes

A Port Kaituma resident was yesterday charged with two counts of fraudulent conversion, after allegedly failing to hand over the proceeds from clothes she agreed to sell for other people.

Marilyn Barrington, who appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court heard that between April 1 and April 15, Barrington allegedly received $123,000 in clothing from Vashti Anys on the agreement that she would sell the clothing at her shop in Port Kaituma and hand over the proceeds.

The second charge is based on the allegation that between March 1 and March 31, Barrington received clothing on credit to the value $86,000 from Carol Smith.

It was alleged that Barrington, with the intent to defraud Smith and Anys, sold the clothing and converted the proceeds to her own use.

Barrington’s lawyer Paul Fung-A-Fat told the court that his client would like to bring an end to the matter immediately. He went on to inform the court that his client has $70,000 cash lodged at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, which would be from clothing she would have already sold. The unsold clothing, he said, was in his client’s possession and she was willing to hand it over.

But Smith and Anys told the court that the clothes Barrington’s possession was damaged.

Police Prosecutor Corporal Bharrat Mangru objected to bail on the grounds that the accused has been before the courts on similar matters, does not reside within the jurisdiction and once granted bail may not return to face trial.

However, bail was granted in the amount of $220,000 and Barrington is to return to court on September 20.

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