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Nov fraud trial date for nurse, co-accused

Tanesha Mundle

Friday, August 17, 2012    

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A nurse who reportedly stole over $1 million from patients by skimming their bank cards is to go on trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on November 13.

Her co-accused, Christopher Williams and Kevin Bennett, will also be tried on that day.

Latoya Love, of Patrick City, St Andrew is facing charges of simple larceny, forgery and conspiracy to defraud. The men, both reportedly caught transacting business with cloned debit cards, are facing similar raps.

Allegations are that Love made several unauthorised withdrawals - totalling $1,112,908 — from the bank accounts of the unsuspecting patients who visited the doctor's office where she was employed.

The alleged theft was discovered after the patients started to complain to their banks about the disappearance of funds from their accounts, which they noticed after each visit to the doctor.

According to one complainant, Love usually swiped the cards more than once, while claiming that the machine was malfunctioning. Another complainant told the police that she saw Love hiding a device in her pocket.

The matter was reported to the Fraud Squad and upon investigation, Love was reportedly found with a skimming device. She was subsequently arrested and charged.

Williams and Bennett were reportedly held after using the cloned cards to obtain US$3,200 and $453,000 respectively from a foreign exchange facility.

All had their bails extended.

The trial date was scheduled last week when the accused appeared before Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser.

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