Credit card swindler gets 3 years

POSTED: 10/27/14 4:50 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Egmond de Bies yesterday to 36-months of imprisonment for credit card fraud and the embezzlement of a rental car. Between December 28 of last year and January 31, the defendant bought clothing, car parts, household articles, building materials, a scooter and car tires for a total amount of close to $21,300. He furthermore embezzled a rental car from First Class Cars.

The businesses affected by the credit card fraud are Metro Opera in Cupecoy, Marshall Motors, Kooijman, Simpson Bay Motors and Marine Services and East Motors Cay Hill. De Bies used forged credit cards and forged identity papers to pay for the purchases.

On one occasion co-conspirators bought material at Kooijman, while De Bies bought tires at the nearby East Motors company. Video footage showed that they loaded the tires and the building materials obtained from Kooijman in the same car.

The court found that the 40-year-old defendant had used the forged credit cards and identity papers on several occasions to buy items for significant amounts of money. “This has caused damages, also to the trust people must be able to have in means of payment and identity papers.”

The court held it against De Bies that he has several convictions for crimes to his name, dating back to 2003 in four different countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Curacao.

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