Nicholas Thornhil

Nicholas Thornhil

Bail was yesterday denied to a United Kingdom deportee charged with 20 counts of fraud, including fraudulent use of debit cards and trafficking in counterfeit cards.

Nicholas Thornhill, 25, electrician, complained about being ill treated by the police when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the San Fernando First Court to answer the charges.

The charges which stemmed from a scam involving  RBC Royal Bank’s Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) allegedly occurred during the period July 22 and July 24.

Nineteen of the charges alleged that  Thornhill with intent to defraud RBC Royal Bank used the cards of six people to withdraw sums of money from various ATMs, totalling $46,000, knowing them to be forge.

The transactions were done at ATMs located at Tropical Plaza, Marabella, Southern Main Road, La Romaine, St James Street, San Fernando and Eastern Main Road, San Juan.  Thornhill was not called upon to plea to those indictable charges.

He was also charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit card on July 24 at Tropical Plaza, Marabella, but he pleaded not guilty. All the charges were laid by Cpl Ann Marie Edwards of the Fraud Squad under The Electronic Transfer of Funds Crime Act.