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'Bailer-man' pleads guilty to forgery

Thursday, February 08, 2018

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — A man who reportedly stole the identity of another man in 2007 pleaded guilty to several charges when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court this morning.

He is 49-year-old James Bailey of Marcus Garvey Drive, Greenwich Farm, St Andrew, who was charged for three counts of uttering forged documents, forgery and attempting to pervert the course of justice, pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared before the court.

Reports are that sometime in 2017, Bailey, who is referred to as “professional bailer-man,” stole the identity of another man and used forged documents to bail a murder accused at the Supreme Court in the sum of $300,000.

It was later discovered that the documents produced were falsified. The matter was subsequently reported to the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (CTOC) where an investigation was launched and Bailey arrested and charged in October 2017.

He was remanded in custody pending sentencing on April 26, 2018. A social enquiry report and his criminal records were also requested by the court.