A Mechanic from the Parish of St. Mark’s has been arrested and charged for having in his possession a massive number of different Identification Cards.
Leroy Andrew is alleged to be involved in a nationwide driver’s license scam.
According to and Head of the Police Prosecution Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor, police were able to confiscate over 77 ID Cards from the accused.
The 48-year old Andrew who is from Duquesne, St. Mark’s appeared before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court last Friday on two counts of fraud by false pretense, and one count of pretending to be a public officer.
It is alleged that as part of his illegal activities he pretended to be a Sergeant of Police.
Andrew has also been slapped with three additional charges of fraud by false pretense – two of the charges will be heard at the Gouyave Magistrate’s Court, and the other at St. David’s Magistrate’s Court.
ASP Victor said there are other matters involving Andrew which are still under investigation.
He told the court that statements have already been collected to use against him and that Police
Investigators are in the process of putting together the charges.
The offenses were allegedly committed between July and December 2015.
THE NEW TODAY understands that a police operation in November 2015 at the home of Andrew led to the confiscation of a number of items including Grenada and other foreign driver’s licenses, NIS and national identification cards, driver’s license examination slips, and a quantity of passport size photographs.
The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is appealing to persons who may be victims in this driver’s license fraud to contact the Criminal Investigation Department at 440-3921, Traffic Department at 440-2267, police hotline at 444-1958, or the nearest police station.
Andrew has 18 previous convictions, nine of which are for similar offences of which he has been brought to court.
The court was reminded that convictions were handed down against him in 1987, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Among the convictions were obtaining money by false pretense, threatening language, and fraud by false pretense.
ASP Victor told the court the last of the offences committed by Andrew was on March 3rd 2014, for which he was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.
However, Defense attorney, Peter David informed the court that the last occasion his client had a matter of a similar nature was in 2013.
Magistrate Gill remanded Andrew to Richmond Hill Prison to reappear in Court on March 3, 2016.