For­eign Na­tional Con­victed of Money Laun­der­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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