Monday 14th May, 2018 –Suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John and his mother were granted bail today when they appeared in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court on conspiracy charges.
The 47 year-old along with 63 year-old Yvonne Nickie both of Gunthropes are jointly charged with five counts of Conspiracy to Forge Antigua and Barbuda Passports, Contrary to Common Law.
John was further charged with the larceny of 54 Multi Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi Layered Infilling patch, valued at EC$21,700, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office.
He was also charged for receiving four Multi Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi Layered Infilling patch valued at EC$1,300, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office, knowing same to have been stolen
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, the duo being represented by Dane Hamilton Sr. Was each granted bail in the amount of $ 50,000, with a cash component of $ 10,000.
Among their bail conditions, the accused must report daily to the Parham Police Station and surrender their passports. Both John and his mother Yvonne will return to court on 11th July, 2018.
The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) was suspended on April 13th as a result of investigations by members of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and other Law Enforcement Agencies surrounding allegations of fraudulent Antigua and Barbuda Passports being printed in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
John’s residence wasraided on at least two occasions and items taken away by his colleagues.
Investigations are continuing.