St Lucian fined $10, 000 for money laundering

St. Lucian national, Kishael Conchon, 22, who pleaded guilty to ATM fraud and money laundering charges at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court last week Wednesday, was fined EC$10, 000 to be paid forthwith.

St. Lucian-born Kishael Conchon described as the victim of the financial crime by her attorney

Conchon was nabbed by police on March 13, after a search of her Grand Anse residence turned up 22 fake ATM cards, several MoneyGram and Western Union transfer slips, among other suspicious items, which were all  confiscated.

The first time offender, who recently completed a degree in Psychology at St. George’s University (SGU), was initially charged with 3 counts of money laundering, 2 counts of attempt to commit a crime, to wit fraud by false pretense and 1 count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The accused was placed on EC$30, 000, with 2 sureties, when she made her first appearance at the No. 1 St. George’s Magistrate’s Court on March 15

However, 3 of the charges were dropped and she pleaded guilty last week Wednesday to 1 count of attempt to commit fraud by false pretense, 1 count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 1 count of money laundering.

During the court proceedings, it was revealed that Conchon assisted another individual in sending over $8, 000 to individuals in different countries including St. Vincent and St Lucia.

Her Attorney, Derick Sylvester, was successful in his request for the court to impose a non-custodial sentence as a punishment for the financial crime.

In addition to the fine, the Immigration Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) applied for a removal order to have Conchon removed from the country.

However, the application was withdrawn and allowing the St. Lucian woman to remain on the island, where she currently resides with her immediate family.

Conchon is the fourth non-national to be arrested and charged for the crime of money laundering for the year.

Prior to her arrest, three Romanians, were deported after pleading guilty to charges of money laundering at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate Court for crimes committed in January and February.

Additionally, a Vincentian national, who resided at Non-Pariel, St. Mark, was also remanded to prison for allegedly committing a similar offence.

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