Soufriere Village Council clerk charged with theft

Maria Nicholas now faces charges of theft
Maria Nicholas now faces charges of theft. Photo from Facebook public profile

The police have charged the clerk of the Soufriere Village Council with the theft of EC$31,860.90.

Police PRO, Inspector John Carbon, said the money was stolen from the office of the Village Council between June 25 and December 2, 2013.

She has been identified a Maria Norelle Nicholas, 34, of Soufriere.

Carbon said during the course of investigations by the police, EC$8545.00 was recovered.

Nicholas is expected to appear before a Roseau Magistrate today (Friday).

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69 Comments

  1. Justice and Truth
    December 9, 2013

    Money could be tempting and irresistible. At first she may have taken a little and then a little until she took more.
    I feel sorry for you. This has tarnished your reputation, caused you to lose your job and to stand trial. I visualize in view of this it is no easy time for you and as you are wondering, what will people say, those who especially know you.
    As some have advised you on this Website, pray, pray, pray. Read/study the Holy Bible. Go to church. Pray to God to assist you in every way.
    Bear the consequences of your action. Do not give up.
    Ask God for forgiveness with a humble and contrite heart. He has seen your weakness and knows what caused you to do this.
    Make no excuses for yourself. Keep saying: “Jesus I Love You. I am sorry. Please forgive me for what I have done.” Then, “Jesus I trust in You.”
    If you are sincere, the Divine Mercy, Our Lord Jesus Christ who said, “Trust in Me and Me alone” will forgive you and be with you. He will send his holy angels to surround you, guard you and support you. Obviously, you may not see them but they will be present.
    Keep in mind all things are temporary and passing. Have confidence. You are young. One day, after all is said and done, you will rise above that and it will be behind you. Always look to the future. The Lord forgives. God bless you and assist you through this!

  2. Do Not edit
    December 8, 2013

    some tiff millions and get away…

  3. say sa mem
    December 8, 2013

    I meant to say prayer is a powerful tool and your BIBLE should be your sword. wisdom is a principle thing.Get wisdom and learn.Read your bible and pray every day my girl.

  4. Pussey Katt
    December 8, 2013

    I guess she forget the first commandment .the need to see an don’t touch what a u going to teach your children. That same thine happen mahaut but she run to the state. I hope it not happening in order village. They need to put her order the jail,

    • Distured
      December 8, 2013

      wut are u sayin, not to insult ur grammar or anything. Im confused. a bit.

  5. Amanda
    December 7, 2013

    Please who are we to judge her ? People have to learn to stop those things ! Why the first thing is ” evil make her take the money” or ” it haven’t got work “… ! Jealousy makes people do anything when they want to see you go low. Low minded people.

  6. advisor
    December 7, 2013

    men are sinful men make mistakes, but when we sin there are consequences whether you are forgiven or not, you still have to pay. Thou shalt not steal still exists and the love of money is still the root of all evil, be content with such things as you have, do not covet do not envy, having food and raiment be content, work hard for your needs not your wants satisfy don’t be greedy and is not every thing you see or hear about you have to possess.

  7. Disaster
    December 7, 2013

    I am very disappointed, very infact is an understatement….

  8. Ti beff
    December 7, 2013

    thou shall not steal,especially fr people that are unable to help themselves.no one is perfect but shame on you woman.DNO expose them self whether is my family or not..lol

  9. Anonymous
    December 7, 2013

    bad news :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  10. Joejoe
    December 7, 2013

    She should walk free. She didn’t kill anyone. let her join the murderers on the streets.

  11. Eyeballs
    December 7, 2013

    See…if you we’re in the habit of putting God first , you would not be in such situation. I personally do not know you but according to majority of responses from individuals on here you may not seem to be a bad person or you have a lot of wicked friends. What you did was wrong and should suffer the consequences. Stealing is not good and you should know better. The devil is good at tempting us and if we put God first , there is no way the devil can succeed. Don’ t let what is not ours get to us. Read psalm 37

  12. Marlpardee
    December 6, 2013

    My lady ask god to forgive u and i wish u the best.satan u need to get out of people life satan.

  13. wawachee
    December 6, 2013

    Congrats to the Police force and the judicial system on the speedy solution to this case, hopefully this young lady hasnt been falsely charged.

  14. Canadain/Dominica
    December 6, 2013

    Everyone is a thief it could be goods , money , property even words that come from our mouth, so what my dear you should used a better technique so sorry i pray that god will take the matter in his hand , because he knows the reasoen why you did it

  15. say sa mem
    December 6, 2013

    My girl rain fall on the just and on the unjust.There are people who did worse than you and get away with a slap on the wrist.There are some lovely comforting psalms you can turn to read your bible and pray every day. Don’t do like some people and go to the Obeah man to escape jail prayer is a powerful tool and your should be your sword use it and don’t let that happen to you again.

  16. sly
    December 6, 2013

    Why can’t we be satisfied with the little that God bless us with. Times are hard you had a job whereas other does’nt have any right now you end up with nothing. Maybe it was’nt her first time who knows. What happens in the dark always come to light.

  17. anonymat
    December 6, 2013

    Is it really necessary to publish photos with a story? I highly doubt that the lady gave permission, so it must have been lifted from the Internet.It is disheartening and this in no way takes away from the fact that she may have done something wrong( innocent until proven guilty).

    • Marlpardee
      December 6, 2013

      Is picture they like to put on facebook. See it says pic from facebook profile.

    • london DA
      December 7, 2013

      YES IT IS MOST NECESSARY TO POST THE PICTURE….. WHEN IS GUD THE PHOTOS UP WHEN IS BAD IT HAVE TO GO UP TOO!!!!! P.S. I WANT TO KNOW THE FACES OF allllllll

      • anonymat
        December 8, 2013

        well is dat. DNO will allow someone to post all in caps when it suits them. If I only put one word in caps it nay go. Bwavo coco.

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    • Rastafari
      December 8, 2013

      No need for user permission to use a photo in public domain after you’ve been arrested. That right has been forfeited and made null by her actions and guilt.

    • Day Day
      December 8, 2013

      If you don’t want your faces published, stay away from crimes. Every thing that happens in the dark will come to the light.

      • anonymous
        December 8, 2013

        I am commissioning DNO to get exclusive rights to publish your photo when the pope signs the decree that made you a saint.

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  18. Dunstan St. Luce
    December 6, 2013

    “For the love of money is the root of all evil while some have coveted after have pierced themselves with many sorrows.”1Tim,6:10 I hope this lady would be repentant. Not sorry because she was caught but sorry because she ultimately offended God and acknowledging the terribleness of her sin. I am pleasantly surprised at the sympathetic comments which were written. I’m wondering would the comment have been different had it been the opposite gender.

  19. so sad
    December 6, 2013

    My girl I wonder what lead u to do that. Satan is so bad he chooses the good ones to put shame on their families and friend . May god guide u through this

  20. prisca
    December 6, 2013

    Next they will say because Skerrit did not create jobs she had to steal. Dominicans need to stop enying everything they see on American tv.

  21. December 6, 2013

    Every one of us have sinned and come short of the glory of god.If any one of us have never sinned ,throw the first stone.when your friend’s beard is on fire take water and sprinkle your’s.It is not only theft that is sin…Dominicans take a nasty pleasure to rejoice when the fellow brothers and sisters fall…what goes around comes around when we list expect it..It might not be you that is laughing but it might be your brothers or sisters.
    The most high is there for all of us no matter what sin we commit … We only have to call on him.God knows very well that the devil is there to tempt us ;that is why he said there will be more people in the narrow road which leads to destruction…lady be strong and hold your head up we are not better than you..

    • Eyeballs
      December 7, 2013

      Yes, we have all sinned but stealing all that money did not happen all at once . I could understand if she really needed some money and decided to take some and inform her boss about her situation, with the intent to replace what was taken.. Times are hard but still that does not give her the right to steal. She was just being greedy and envious. It does not hurt to beg

    • God Child
      December 7, 2013

      My friend you need to check the things that you have said in regards to The Bible. I wish her all the best and do pray that we can agree in pray for her and her family and God hands watches her though it with a repentant heart.

      G.B Please don’t write things that you don’t know about. Don’t quote scriptures if you can’t get it right.

    • Native
      December 9, 2013

      @GB the road that leads to destruction is not narrow, it’s very broad. Next time before you quote scripture double check your bible. The text that you tried to refer to is found in Matthew 7:13

  22. Ki sah
    December 6, 2013

    Boy that face book thing not good nuh. B4 you slip those people have your picture all up we. My girl humble yourself before God and seek his face. Ask for forgiveness, and as long as he does it, he will comfort you through it. Hold strong sister

    • hmp
      December 6, 2013

      is it even legal to do that? in terms of news reporting?

      • Angie Faulkner
        December 6, 2013

        yes it is legal the picture is in the public domain therefore free to use

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      • Rastafari
        December 8, 2013

        :-D That right has been forfeited and made null by her actions and guilt. :mrgreen:

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  23. So Ashamed
    December 6, 2013

    why Maria! why! The short time that I got to know you I was already looking at you as a friend in the making. Over the the yaers we have been attending workshops, trainings, consultations and we are always reminded that don’t let the monies which we handle burn our eyes it doesn’t belong to us. Now everybody is going to be looking at us Clerk very closely, but or the rest of let us continue to be a support for each other and lets continue to pray that God will lead not into temptation and that those who have fallen short will realize their mistakes and rise again and walk.

  24. woop woop
    December 6, 2013

    sad times. thanks to DNO i will delete my FB account. like to voleh ppl pics. stupes.
    Younglady im sure you are remorseful. May God be with you. so many ppl wish they had jobs all now and you jeopardize yours and now your future.

    anyway, its not the end. Just walk the straight path now.

    • budman
      December 6, 2013

      you not deleting not one thing!

  25. Anonymous
    December 6, 2013

    way lay lay lay pam pam

  26. anonymous
    December 6, 2013

    It is not our failings or shortcomings, our mistakes and misfortunes that determines who we are. It is the you that comes out of your situations that defines the strength of your character. Young lady you are able to rise above your circumstance and be an individual that can impact positively on your life, that of your children and those individuals that you come into contact with directly or indirectly. You are bigger than this; It’s just one page in your story of life.

  27. Devil Head
    December 6, 2013

    tyms de money she take x2 for her bail :twisted:

  28. lol
    December 6, 2013

    I wonder what her salary is as a clerk?Maybe it wasnt enough.some years ago i knew it was $700 a months.all u just sitting down and say all u piece.Desperate timessssssssss and expect more borbol.especially in those constituencies lol

    • Day Day
      December 8, 2013

      Really!!! Desperate jail………..

  29. vibrantlady
    December 6, 2013

    am so sorry this happen to this young lady it shouldnt but it do happen every one learn by thier mistakes and she desevres a second chance in life no matter what girl just pray u have a charge just pray that the good lord help u and i will pray for u as well who dont have sins cast the first stone my the good lord will deliver u

  30. A perfect idiot
    December 6, 2013

    We must stop jumping to our own conclusions and allow time to correct us. I find the police was just too busy to investigate and arrest this beautiful young lady. After all, it might just have been a mistake in calculation just as it was a mistake in calculation with the so called bin bobol mistake and the land transfer tax mistake as well. But both times, mistakes were corrected and monies were refunded to treasury and there was no need to arrest or investigate anyone for miscalculation. Similarly she should have been given some time to see who she over paid and most likely she would have refunded the extra money. Maybe she would hire that good attorney that is specialized in lost and recovery to help her out. There is always an easy – door out of our mistakes. Let’s treat everyone alike in Dominica and stop tarnishing people’s good reputation for mis calculation.

    • wawachee
      December 6, 2013

      stupes if it was me allu wouldnt been saying that in allu $%##

  31. Krazy
    December 6, 2013

    some ppl lettin the inflow of money burn their eyes.. so many women these days stealing money from company they work for.. some are being caught but there’s quite a number of them still on de rampage.. sooner or later we’ll knw bout them

  32. Ashamed
    December 6, 2013

    That is not fair. Those that stealing millions not even getting charged.

    • forkdem
      December 7, 2013

      those people really hate the truth

    • Eyeballs
      December 7, 2013

      Just publish the names and we will do the rest

    • Justice and Truth
      December 9, 2013

      Ashamed, she was caught and according to the Law she must pay the price. That is the Law!

  33. China Man
    December 6, 2013

    Way Lay Lay Lay Pam Pam

  34. Neutral
    December 6, 2013

    That is the culture in Dominica. Always want something for nothing. Time to change the culture. Jail them.

    • Exception
      December 6, 2013

      It is unfair to generalize people. I am Dominican I know a lot who believe by the sweat of thy brow
      thou shall eat bread.

  35. Red Rose
    December 6, 2013

    I know her personally and still in shock. Very sad. You can’t take illegal chances, because sooner or later you’ll always be caught and face the consequences. Gaining easy money illegally seems sweet in the beginning, but always bitter in the end. People still dont learn from the experiences of others. So really sad, especially for her very young children.

  36. A perfect idiot
    December 6, 2013

    waw! It seems as if there are lots of thieves hiding behind their desks man. I guess the police need to identify them, arrest them, and charge them so all would understand that “Thou shall not steal” especially from those you are serving.

  37. Lawyer
    December 6, 2013

    This is my dear friend and though I’m DISAPPOINTED at her theft charge I’m still going to be there for her. I guess this was her mistake in life.The law must prevail and it is in the hands of the court system now. Maria,I am so sorry you got yourself in this unfortunate and embarrassing situation. My heart aches for you. I will stand with you though it all. Good friends don’t let their backs when another is in ‘hot water’. There is a God and He will not leave you nor forsake you. I LOVE YOU

  38. Malgraysa
    December 6, 2013

    Aye, aye, aye Maria.

  39. Morihei Ueshiba
    December 6, 2013

    But why charge her with theft and she is a pauper, thought it was a pauper fund, she was just helping herself.

    • lawless
      December 6, 2013

      I cannot believe you posted such a comment. If you steal that means it was not yours. What makes you think you won’t be caught?

    • under the radar
      December 6, 2013

      hahahahaha hilarious stuff there… the funds were mean for her huh? :-P

    • Ms Polly Teaks
      December 6, 2013

      Very funny.

  40. Krazy
    December 6, 2013

    put her picture up dno

  41. Yes I said it
    December 6, 2013

    They want it now, but they don’t want to work for ittttttttttt

    • soul cat
      December 6, 2013

      pap pa na na na na pap pa na na na na they want it now. like instant coffee they want it now pap pa na nah chope chope

    • Mary Black
      December 9, 2013

      She was working for it but wanted more than what she is getting.

  42. Mary Black
    December 6, 2013

    Where has trust gone to in society. This lady need to be punished so that other will think twice before clearing out the kitty and so close to christmas.

  43. Van
    December 6, 2013

    Who can we trust?

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