Three Women Deny Charges Of Fraud Against Church


Tribune Staff Reporter


THREE women were remanded to prison yesterday after denying allegations that they defrauded a local bank of thousands of dollars belonging to a Seventh-day Adventist church last year.

Shawnta Adderley, Shandera Knowles, and Nikia Anderson-Sands each denied using a fake Royal Bank of Canada cheque to withdraw $7,000 from Message of Hope’s Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) account in December.

Adderley, a 21-year-old server at Popeyes, also denied being the one to utter the forged RBC cheque that enabled them to gain access to the $7,000 on December 21.

Sands, a cook at the Atlantis resort, was further charged with using a fake RBC cheque to defraud BOB’s Carmichael Road location of another $6,000 cash on November 1.

She was also charged with being found in possession of a fake RBC cheque, drawn on Message of Hope’s account in the amount of $6,000 on October 31.

She pleaded not guilty to the accusations.

Magistrate Samuel McKinney subsequently remanded the trio to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) until April 8, when the three will return to court for trial.

They have a right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.

Meanwhile, a 55-year-old insurance agent will stand trial next month over allegations he stole over $3,000 from his employer over a five month span last year.

Job Bradley Ferguson was charged with stealing $3,223.14 from Atlantic Medical Insurance Company between January 3 and May 28, 2018.

The Ivanhoe Road resident is further accused of omitting to enter the premium payments of six clients to enable him to steal some $2,755.66 within that period of time.

Ferguson is further accused of being found in possession of fake Atlantic Medical receipts in the name of those six clients.

He was remanded to the BDCS until March 25, however, he has a right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.

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