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A couple was this week hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on fraud charges after the woman was allegedly held with a fraudulent Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) preliminary result slip, which she claimed belonged to her spouse.
Mark Spence, a security guard and Avagail Graham, both of Portmore in St Catherine, were both arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud and forgery. Graham was also charged with uttering forged documents.
The couple was charged after Graham reportedly went to the CXC office on Piccadilly Road in Kingston and submitted the preliminary result in order to get it verified. Personnel at the office, who found that the document was fraudulent, summoned the police. When Graham was questioned she reportedly told the police that the result slip belonged to her common-law husband and he was later arrested.
The fraudulent CXC result slip showed that Spence had grade two passes in English Language, Biology, Principles of Account and Mathematics along with a grade one pass in English Literature.
When the matter was mentioned in court, Spence's lawyer insisted that his client was innocent and that he had worked hard for his results.
According to the lawyer, Spence sat the exam at Ascott High Evening School in 2011. However, the investigating officer told the court that checks made with the school revealed that the institution did not have an evening school in that year.
"He can't have results for a school that didn't not exist," said Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey. She then advised the lawyer to speak to his client in order for him to change his plea of not guilty since it would be hard to dispute that but the lawyer insisted that he and his client would not be taking that route.
The matter was then set for trial on February 17 of next year. Both accused had their bail extended.
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