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Iltalian on larceny charge, accused of bigamy

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, August 13, 2012 | 4:14 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Italian national Raul Ricchuiti today attended the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court on a charge of conspiracy to commit simple larceny.

But by the end of those proceedings he was slapped with an additional charge of bigamy and remanded into custody.

Ricchuiti was in June charged with the conspiracy offence as a result of allegations that he conspired with others last year to steal an undetermined sum of money from New Era Homes in St Catherine, where he worked as a construction consultant.

Ricchuiti, who has been in the island for the past two years, was subsequently offered $500,000 bail and told to return to today after his lawyer told the court that he was not a flight risk and that he has been married to a Jamaican woman with whom he shares a child.

But today, it was alleged in court that Ricchuiti also has a wife in his homeland. Ricchuiti, who is represented by Chris Tavares-Finson, was charged with bigamy.

He is to return to court in November on the conspiracy charge.

A date is yet to be set for him to return on the new charge.

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