An Antiguan man is in pursuit of a former Miss Dominica Pageant contestant, whom he claims defrauded him of over $20, 000 by using his credit cards without permission and making phone calls from his telephones.
Audley Phillip told Dominica News Online that the young woman spent over $10,000 on his credit cards, as well as making phone calls to Germany and England costing over $4,800. The incidents occurred between October 3, 2009 and October 16, 2009 while the woman was staying at his residence in Antigua.
“It’s only after a period of time, when I got my credit card statement from the bank, I realized there are several cash advance transactions using my credit cards and they total almost, just a little over, $10,000. In addition to that, I have several cell phones in my house and she used the cell phones to call Germany and England running up phone bills just in excess of over $4800,” he told Dominica News Online in an interview.
Phillip, who has known the young woman for six years now, said the alleged incident prompted him to alert the Antiguan Police and Immigration.
“For the last six years or so she’s been staying with my family on and off. [She’s been] coming to Antigua spending as much as three, four, five, six months…In recent times, October 3rd last year, she came and she stayed with me and she left on the 16th …” he said.
“I think what happened is that when she realized I was closing in on what she was doing, she ran off. She never took any of my calls … I subsequently reported the matter to the Antiguan Police and the Antiguan Police is actually looking for her,” Phillip told DNO.
Phillip said he normally called the young woman as he left work or to inform her he would be home late. The woman would normally be at home with his son and daughter.
“When I called I didn’t get her on the cell phone that I gave her to use. I called the house number and my daughter answered and said that [name provided] packed up her things and left. So I called the number again… and she didn’t answer,” Phillip recalled.
Later that day he said he received a text message from her informing him that her mother was suffering from ovarian cancer, and asked her to leave his house to stay with an aunt residing in Antigua. However, Phillip discovered that this was a lie. He is convinced that his close female friend made her plan to travel to England, adding, “Ninety-six calls to England and Germany between 3rd of October and 16th of October; 90 percent of them was to Germany.”
Phillip had given the young woman two mobile phones – one of which she took with her when she left; but has she not called him up to this day.
Phillip said he had information that the woman was either in England or Germany.
He is also alleging that she obtained cash advances from ATM machines with his credit card.
He believes the acts were done while he was at work. He said he never expected these actions from the young lady.
“I have gone as far as contacted her mother … and her sister to speak to her to find out exactly what was happening … her mother tell me is a whole bunch of lies; her mother tell me everything she has said to me over a six- year period is a bunch of lies including that her mother was married and living in the states… for six years this girl has been living a life of lies … I never thought that she would do something like that, and I am totally in shock as to why she would do something like that,”Phillip stated.
“The most important part is that she’s a thief and a fraudster. I understand that she’s now living in Germany with her husband,” he added.
Phillip said the young lady will not be able to return to Antigua since there is a warrant out for her arrest.
Phillip said he will pursue the matter for as long as it takes because of the young woman’s deceit.
(Edona Jno Baptiste -News Coordinator/Reporter)