Police charge French national under Money Laundering Act

Philippe leaving court in Roseau

The Police and members of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) have arrested and charged Nicolas Rene Philippe a national of France with theft, deception, fraud and money laundering under the Money Laundering Act of Dominica.

It is alleged that between Tuesday November 1, 2016 and Friday 10th February 2017, he unlawfully obtained $11,300.00 from National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) ATMs in Goodwill, Independence Street in Roseau and High Street. He did so with counterfeit “Apple ITunes gift cards.”

It is also alleged that on February 10th 2017, he did possess a card-making equipment, namely a Credit Card Reader, with the intention of using that equipment to manufacture counterfeit cards.

It is further alleged that between November 1, 2016 and February 10th 2017 at Goodwill, Independence Street Roseau and High Street did possess certain counterfeit cards namely 13 “Apple ITunes gift cards.

Philippe was also slapped with three charges under the Money Laundering Act.

It is reported that $25,470.00 was found in his room at a guest house in Dominica where he was residing, along with $US1, 845.00.

The police are also alleging that on two occasions, he sent out of Dominica: $4,500 via Western Union and via Money Gram, $1,000.00 (Euro 300.).

His lawyers, Wayne Norde and Tiyani Behanzin, raised certain preliminary objections under the Money Laundering Act and as a result, the magistrate said he will make his ruling on the matter on Thursday February 23, 2017.

Philippe is on remand at the Stock Farm Prison.


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  1. indira Ghandi
    February 19, 2017

    Is this really money laundering?

  2. Just Saying
    February 19, 2017

    One thing our police really slack. The man should be charged under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act #17 of 2013. This law is there specifically to deal with crimes like this with stolen cards, counterfeit cards, card machines etc. http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/2013/Electronic%20Funds%20Transfer%20Act,%202013%20ACT%2017%20of%202013.pdf

    The lawyers obviously know this and they will win their case if he is not properly charged. I am not a lawyer but a knowledgeable person. Time for the police to start doing proper police work!

  3. Mahaut man
    February 19, 2017

    Make him pay the price thanks to the great law enforcement .please give him time and hard time as they do to us in their country

  4. hjhjhj
    February 18, 2017

    Dca too small for dem kind of crime……Alwauysget caught….

  5. jerry sinclair
    February 18, 2017

    Typical under todays climate, a land for criminals How I pity natures isle it is withoubt doubt yet another international point of interest bad, very bad news indeed Dominica can do without such skulduggery, but persons of such ilk appear to think that you can do whatever you want to in natures Isle,

  6. Engineer
    February 18, 2017

    Go Dominica Law Enforcement. Awesome job. Other islands in the Caribbean envy Dominica in regards to how quick it executes and bring these criminal to justice. D/A dont listen to all this foolishness going around. Dominica is getting better. It will take time. This is a very difficult island to develop based on its terrain. Think of it that way. England left Dominica and put its resources in other island in the Caribbean because of difficult it is to develop. You have something others envy.

    • Jon Jones
      February 28, 2017


  7. Drain the swamp
    February 18, 2017

    We want the big Fish. . . Investigate your political leaders past and present!

  8. Tj
    February 17, 2017

    I guess you think that you will not be caught in DA. Enjoy stocky!

  9. The weed
    February 17, 2017

    Well done police. Now allu working!

  10. BEB
    February 17, 2017

    While its true that solicitors should represent criminals at their trials but there’s a pattern for Wayne Norde’ and Tiyani Behanzin to be always ready to representing these types of clients also those big drug bust clients.
    When they should be glad that theses criminals are caught, they are always running to their rescue

    • BEB, there are lawyers who’s practice are limited to representing accidents victims: There are lawyers who know how to represent criminals such as murderers; they specialize is such cases.

      The duo in question might be able to represent a fraud, and thievery client better than the lawyer who specializes in defending murderers, and that is why they may take such cases.

      You see that is one of the problems in Dominica, lawyers jump at every case, it is impossible for a lawyer to be knowledgeable to all laws pertaining to every legal issue which develops. I know a Lawyer who has argued certain cases and won millions of dollars for the person he represented, however, this same lawyer went into a divorce court: (Family law court) and loose a simply case.

      The reason people die so often in Dominica from malpractice is because you have quacks treating every diseases, which they do not even how to diagnose, when such need the attention of a specialists!

  11. Silver fox
    February 17, 2017

    @ AA are you a plunger or a plunker?how could you be such an ediot.

  12. February 17, 2017

    But all u does go in there country and vole them and still kill them.so now they doing all u to.raciste.like all u dominicain doesnt do nothing illegal in french country.lol.look 3 dominicain kill a guada man again for a woman and run da.so is money he take and nobody life.

    February 17, 2017

    Hope the law teaches him a lesson.

  14. DomiChina
    February 17, 2017


  15. zandoli
    February 17, 2017

    I would hope there are cameras around all ATMs in Dominica.
    Are the cards “chip and pin”. If not they should improve the security of those cards, otherwise they will alwys be vulnerable

    February 17, 2017

    Is foreigners that committing crime in Dominica these days man. First it was three Chinese and now is a French national? With our passports that are being sold to foreign crooks and criminals, I hope we not owing some foreigners and next thing they spray some powder in the face of their business partner here, similar to what happened to the half brother of King Kong UN’s.

  17. Is it not strange there are Chines criminals who came to Dominica, and committed the same or a similar offence, and are now serving jail term, at Stock Farm: Now a French National came and did the same thing!

    What is the pull; what attracts these criminals into our country?

    Could it be they chose Dominica after learning that our head of the country is the most corrupt person alive, so they figure since corruption is tolerated in the country they will come in and commit crimes and get away with it since criminals as head of country are not prosecuted in Dominica!

  18. My little take
    February 17, 2017

    Most probably he must have heard DOMINICA has oner $20 million dollars of CBI money and no one wants to bring the due diligence report so monies could be released, so instead of letting it sit at the bank he decides to help himself, make it worse he too is a French national.

  19. Me and me alone
    February 17, 2017

    What is wrong with these foreigners especially French nationals that keep thieving our money nou? If is not our iPassport they dealing is oil tanker, if not oil tanker money is our bank/ credit union. Leave our damn money alone you French nationals and go to New York for a visit. Hope this French does not find his way to Greece and fly straight to Guadalupe lol

    • %
      February 17, 2017

      Ha! Ha!Ha! Boy you are darn Good!!…So you mean Dominica had a Money Laundering Act?OMG!

    • BEB
      February 17, 2017

      Why are there so many thumbs down to this comment?

    • NUWP
      February 19, 2017

      Dat was a nice piece of rubbish u typed. No connection.

  20. Righteous
    February 17, 2017

    Nice job by the DFP FIU Unit. About 15 years ago there was a wave of these guys targeting financial institutions in France and Spain. The operation seemed to have been similar. The perpetrators had CC making machines and would target random ATMs and withdraw sums of money up to 500 euros at each transaction.

    Well done DFP FIU.

    • real
      February 17, 2017

      NICE DONE the Bank and Credit Union Workers also. Who do you think contacts the police and gives them the video footages? obviously FIU don’t have EYES(camera) in the town. it was a consolidated effort..

      nice job..guys..

    • John Paul
      February 19, 2017

      Yes nice Job now go after the high ups ‘We want to know how much Laundry the Pee M have in His matress!

  21. dominican to the bone
    February 17, 2017

    They probably hear Dominica is a rich country with all those billions of dollars in the air. so they coming for. First was chinese now French.

    • Music Producer
      February 17, 2017

      They say the same about us when we break their laws… :mrgreen:

  22. AA
    February 17, 2017

    For there to be money laundering there must be a predicate crime that have been committed, what is the crime that have been committed. The report did not state that there was a crime committed.

    • February 17, 2017

      My thoughts exactly. This morning like a case of bank robbery.

      • February 17, 2017

        ….Looks more…

    • DaThrillerInManilla
      February 17, 2017

      he unlawfully obtained $11,300.00 from National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) ATMs in Goodwill, Independence Street in Roseau and High Street. He did so with counterfeit “Apple ITunes gift cards.”

      he did possess a card-making equipment, namely a Credit Card Reader, with the intention of using that equipment to manufacture counterfeit cards.

      They have to SPELL out everything for Dominicans. I can add more charges to that Identity Theft, Impersonation, Electronic Fraud etc.

      You didn’t pass comprehension .. no biggie.

    • Fun&Frolic
      February 17, 2017

      OK Inspector Clouseau, I put you in charge of sniffing out that “predicate crime” for us. Keep us updated! :) :)

    • chuk chuk
      February 18, 2017

      You are too smart………read the damn story again. Smart AS ….

    • Dante Jones
      February 18, 2017

      “It is alleged that between Tuesday November 1, 2016 and Friday 10th February 2017, he unlawfully obtained $11,300.00 from National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) ATMs in Goodwill, Independence Street in Roseau and High Street. He did so with counterfeit “Apple ITunes gift cards.””

    • Lang Su soon
      February 19, 2017

      Read the news again its straight forward I didnt have to read twice to undertand.

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