Foreign National Convicted of Money Laundering
On Tuesday December 8, 2015 police formally charged Reglio Jesus Patino Reyes, a Venezuelan national, for the offence of money laundering. On Friday December 4, 2015 about 12:01 a.m. police had conducted an operation at a hotel situated in the north of the island.
During the operation, a search carried out in the room of Reyes revealed the sum of USD$7,610.00, EURO 17,950, Bolivars VEF 4,020 , six dollars in Chinese currency (CNY 6) and EC$5.
Reyes was taken to the Victoria Hospital where he was given a laxative resulting in the expulsion of thirty-one rolls of cash equivalent to EURO 14,000.
Reyes made an appearance before the First District Court on Wednesday December 9, 2015 where the matter was adjourned to January 14, 2016.
On Thursday, March 24, 2016 Reyes was convicted for the offence of money laundering and sentenced to twelve months imprisonment.
This is the first time an individual has been convicted for money laundering in the Saint Lucia court circuit.