A female LIAT flight attendant from Dominica has been fined $10,000 in St. Vincent to be paid forthwith or spend nine months in jail on two counts of money laundering.
Media on that island identified her as Sherita Kernelle Newton, 34.
According to the reports, she was charged with bringing criminal property into St. Vincent and possession of criminal property.
Media reports indicate that on Wednesday, November 18, police conducted a search of Newton’s appartment at Beachcomers Hotel and was questioned about monies she had in her possesson.
It is reported that Newton said she had EC$12,000 but when counted the money amounted to EC$27,000.
She told police that someone in Antigua gave her the money to take to someone in St. Vincent and was paid $1,000 to do so.
She did not revealed the identities of anybody allegedly involved in the transfer.
Newton was arrested and charged following a joint investigation by Financial Intelligence and the Narcotics Units in St. Vincent.
She pleaded guilty to both charges in a Kingston court on Monday (November 24).
According to I-Witness News in St. Vincent she had not paid the fine by noon on Monday and was driven away in a unmarked police vehicle.
I-Witness News also said its sources have revealed that Newton has been transporting money in that way since 2013