Man gets $57,000 bail for money laundering

Kervin Christopher appeared before Magistrate Evalina Baptiste on Monday to answer to one charge of money laundering and was granted bail in the sum of $57,000.

Christopher, a resident of Kingshill, had been previously charged along with Kevin Laville, Bernard Benjamin, Renaldo Joseph and Jeremiah Challenger on multiple counts related to possession of controlled substances.

Challenger and Christopher received bail in the sum of $200,000 each, after pleading not guilty to those charges, but were rearrested shortly after exiting court and charged with money laundering. Challenger had been previously bailed, facing the money laundering charge.

The police prosecution alleges that between January 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011 the defendant had been in possession of a Toyota Rav4, registration number PS496 and knew that it had been procured by illegal means.

The defendant’s father stood surety for him again, after having done so in the previous bail agreement. Magistrate Baptiste was wary of the fact that the defendant are facing other charges and that while the father may be willing to put up the bail sum, he may not be able to meet the new bail commitments.

She said, “We have seen many times where people come into court willing to post the bail sum and when it’s time for them to pay the bail sum, they come here crying about they never knew.”

She set the sum at $57,000 and on recommendation from the prosecution, set special conditions to that bail. The defendant is to report to the Roseau Police Station on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week, not interfere with any witnesses in this matter, not to engage in any further negative activities, inform the police of any change of address and surrender his passport and any other travel documents.

Preliminary inquiry into this matter will begin on 23 February, 2012 and the date for disclosure is 6 January, 2012.

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30 Comments

  1. unknown
    September 8, 2011

    dont fool alu self that will never stop them….such is life do your do….its you life keep holdin it down boyz wat again to do that country dont have s**t…..

  2. unknown
    September 8, 2011

    some ppl wen they doh have noting to say i dont no why they doesnt jus stay quite…..

  3. Some Sense
    September 7, 2011

    everytime i read something especially in that lady court… it always have a bail following it!!! ohh goodness man…live those people in d damn jail!!!!!!!!!….for once……do it right!!!

    • Rocks
      September 8, 2011

      Stockfarm is full…Where she putting them?

  4. anonymous
    September 7, 2011

    SO MUCH OF DEM GRANDBAY FELLAS HAVE BIG HOUSE AND EXPENSIVE RIDES THROUGH DRUG DEALING AND OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITY YET THE MONEY LAUNDERING UNIT DOES NOTHING.BECAUSE DE MAN HAVE A LITTLE JEEP ALL YOU WANT TO ARREST DE MAN.KERVIN CHRISTOPHER,JILANI GAGE AND LEE ANTHONY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES INVOVLED IN MONEY LAUNDERING.WHAT ABOUT DE REST.

  5. Truth be Told
    September 7, 2011

    Good one, I only hope that they get prosecuted. These guys are just a waste of time destroying people’s children
    Lock them up and throw away the keys.

  6. Easy Fada
    September 7, 2011

    jus now dey wud be watching me bcuz i have nike air max, laundered money da buy my air man, and my polo shirts

  7. real
    September 7, 2011

    so y did not the police arrest him a long time ago because he had the said vehicle in his possession for quite some time. so y now? now a days in dominica u working u can’t have anything. not working not even shoes they want u to have. so many out there driving vehicles they did not buy. the police make everything seem personal when carrying out their duties. de woman does drive it arrest her to nah.

    • alex hardback
      September 7, 2011

      real you are not being real read what u write u fine u make sense

  8. $hotta
    September 7, 2011

    So that de country come to? Money laundering because of a rav4? Just now it will be money laundering because of a scooter and then because of a bicycle!!

    • Anon
      September 7, 2011

      Yes SHATTA. All you too like to frequent questionable people in certain places and make quick money on illegal substances./

      • $hotta
        September 11, 2011

        All wat all u seein is dem crimes d ghetto man doin! How much police dat just join have big ride how much ministers have tings dey cannot account for. Open all you eyes!!

  9. D/a Massive
    September 7, 2011

    Hey Wiser Man, money laundering does not literally mean putting money in a washer to get it cleaned. The concept is the same but you need to understand that whatever the proceeds of dirty money is, whether it’s the purchase of a new vehicle or a house or whatever, the offence is alleged to have been committed.

    By the way, can someone raise his or her hand out there that has not done something with dirty money, to make it appear to look genuinely obtained?

    • real
      September 7, 2011

      i glad u understand it and can explain it as well. but explain to us why there aint like a million cases in dominica for money laundering cause half of us leave above the means of our normal salary. all them woman that working for $180 a week and have $200 hairstyle every weekend plus rental… sounds like money laundering to me.

  10. wiser than
    September 7, 2011

    charged with money laundering for possession of a vehicle. how does that say the man involve in money laundering. that’s how police lose thier cases in court. everyhing is money laundering now in dominica

    • 1979
      September 7, 2011

      WE NEED SOME LAUNDERED MONEY AT PUBLIC WORKS CORPORATION TO PAY EMPLOYEES SALARIES!!!! TODAY IS THE 7TH OF THE MONTH MESIEUR I NEED MY MONEYYYYY I WILL GO AND SEND A MOTOLOV IN THAT YARD EHHHHH I CANNOT TAKE IT!!!!! MY F&*((IN CHILD SCHOOL FEES NEED TO PAY!!! AND I NEED LIGHTS AT MY HOME!!!!! I ALREADY WORK FOR IT SO I WANT IT NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW I TIRED WORK HARD AND THEN HAVE TO BE EMBARASSED AT THE END OF THE MONTH….THE PRESSURE IS MOUNTING…..DO GOOD AND IS BAD YOU GETTING IN RETURN

    • Tony
      September 7, 2011

      Well you do not understand the law when it relates to such charges. If you used proceeds from narcotics to purchased a vehicle or a home then you are laundering the money. That is why you see many young people driving expensive vehicles and they do not have any job or if they have a job they cannot afford such vehicle based solely on their salary. As a member of New York Police Department we used such charges on a routine basis when dealing with drug dealers.(Love from New York)

  11. Dr. Finger
    September 7, 2011

    Thats good. Burst their bottom….too much damn nonsense going on in the country now.

    • September 7, 2011

      I agree with you that too much of that goes on in Dominica however there are many others who own expensive vehicles and property in Dominica and are either unemployed or if employed their salaries/wages cannot afford such properties and so the police should go after all of them not just a select few or the smaller fish

  12. 1979
    September 7, 2011

    All that good, today is the 7th of the month, my light bill and my child school supplies haven’t been bought because PWC worKers haven’t been paid. Aren’t we important at PWC ?????? Aren’t we DOMINICA????? Board of directors, minister, PM , MR Letang, who should I call. GOD! Who is interested in my children getting their needS, is not a want , it is a need!!!!! I NEED MY MONEY!!! To pay my bills and my children school fee…please admin!!! Somebody hear me pease I begging…everybody already pay their bills, I work HARD IN THE HOT SUN whole month, why I cannot pay mines?????????

    • 1979
      September 7, 2011

      I well need some laundered money right now to pay my children fees and to pay my light bill. Bring some money for me to launder please!!!!!!!!!

    • ......
      September 7, 2011

      your bills doh pay and you have access to internet and computer….SMH….. :cry:

      • 1979
        September 7, 2011

        I COULD BE SELLING CRACK TO YOUR CHILD!! BUT INSTEAD I WORKING HARD… AND THE PEOPLE U PROTECT NOT PAYING….IGNORAMUS

    • wiser than
      September 7, 2011

      dats ur problem and who u work for my brother. stop crying that not doin anything for you. maybe u should join the clan ur child books would have buy already.

      • 1979
        September 7, 2011

        I DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE THE RED CLINIC IS MUCHLESS TO KNOW HOW TO BEG LIKE THE REST OF THE CLAN….GOD DIDNT PUT THE BEGGING PART IN ME WHEN HE CREATED ME. YET HERE ARE HONEST HARD WORKING PEOPLE BEGGING FOR THEIR SALARIES IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THE COLOR YOU REPRESENT SINCE YOUR HEART IS BLACKER THAN NIGHT!!!

    • Malatete
      September 7, 2011

      Are you a genuine PWC employee 1979 since you still can afford your broadband connection apparently. Or are you perhaps using your employer’s computer during working hours in the “hot sun”?

  13. ......
    September 7, 2011

    the things children put their parents through….SMH

    • 1979
      September 7, 2011

      THE THINGS GOVERNMENT PUT HARD WORKING PEOPLE THROUGH TOO!!!! BRING THE LAUNDERED MONEY THEY SEIZE TO PAY PUBLIC WORKERS!!!!!!

  14. Anonymous
    September 7, 2011

    DNO, where are the pics?

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2011

      DNO AFRAID A BRUNCH HIPO THEM DEAR BE ME DO TRUST THEM TALL

      ADMIN: Uh?

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