Former police officer, Elvin Phillip, who was charged in September 2008 with “fraud by false pretense” after attempting to sell a vehicle belonging to a local credit union has been ordered to pay a fine of EC$3, 000.
The sentence was handed down by high court judge, Madam Justice Margaret Price-Findlay last week Monday.
The female judge ordered Phillip to pay the money to the Supreme Court Registry by June 30 (last Tuesday) and in default serve two years at Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill, St. George.
Justice Price-Findlay also ordered the Darbeau resident to serve 300 hours of community service, failing which he will have to spend two years in jail.
The court was told that the vehicle was the property of the credit union and that Phillip had no right to sell it.
When he was taken into custody, the accused was charged for the illegitimate sale of the Mazda branded car in a transaction that occurred on the Carenage, St. George’s.
THE NEW TODAY understands that things got fishy as Phillip, who was 42 years old at the time of the illegal act, was unable to produce a bill of sale from the credit union to the new car owner after handing over the keys and collecting a cheque for approximately EC$13, 000.
This newspaper understands Phillip was also sued in a civil matter for more than EC$40, 000 to be paid to the complainant as a result of the incident.