Court orders stealing woman to pay back

POSTED: 06/30/11 12:45 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance showed some lenience towards Karen Josephs, a 36-year old woman who has in the meantime been deported to Dominica. Between May 15 and 18 of last year Josephs stole $1,973 from the bank account of someone at whose house she was staying. She used the bank card and the PIN-code of D.U. Banton several times to empty the bank account.

Banton filed a complaint, Josephs confessed and the prosecutor’s office offered her a conditional dismissal. The condition was that Josephs repay the stolen money, but before she could comply, she was deported by immigration in February.

“She has not paid back anything,” prosecutor mr. M. Overmeer told the court yesterday.

The prosecutor considered that Josephs had not had the opportunity to comply with the conditions of her dismissal. She asked the court to sentence her to a 3-month suspended sentence with 3 years of probation and the obligation to repay the stolen money.

Judge Keppels followed the demand, but stipulated that Josephs will have to repay the money within one month after her probation goes into effect.


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