Ex-policeman Elvin Phillip who now describes himself as a St. George’s Businessman has pleaded guilty to four (4) summary counts of fraud by false pretence on Tuesday at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court.
Phillip is accused of duping customers of more than $50, 000 in down-payments for vehicles which were to be ordered through him over a three-year period.
was told that one customer gave him $8, 300 on November 21, 2015, another $9,790 on December 12, 2016, and he collected $10, 395 on December 21, 2016 and $10, 500 on January 12 2017 from others.
The 44-year-old who has retained the services of criminal defense attorney Peter David, is also facing an additional indictable charge of fraud by false pretence for which he was not required to plea.
During Tuesday’s hearing, the Police Prosecution team, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor informed the court that an additional charge will be laid against Phillip but he was not in a position to proceed with it at this time.
Attorney David requested an adjournment of the case which was agreed to by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill.
Phillip will have to return to court on August 1.
The accused is currently on $70, 000 bail.
The former police officer reportedly collected monies from at least 5 individuals as payment and down payment in some cases for imported vehicles that never reached the respective owners after months of waiting.