A Union Island man was granted EC$25,000 bail when he appeared in court on Thursday charged with two money-laundering charges.
Benjamin Harvey, 29, an unemployed man, is charged with concealing criminal property, to wit, EC$20,126.75, knowing or suspecting that the property, in whole or in part, constitute his benefit from criminal conduct, contrary to Section 123 (1) (a) of the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He is also charged that he did disguise criminal property, to wit EC$20,126.75, knowing or suspecting that the property, in whole or in part, constitute his benefit from criminal conduct, contrary to Section 123 (1) (b) of the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The charges stem from a search that officers from the Rapid Response Unit of the Police Force conducted last Monday, Jan. 18, at Julie’s Guest House in Bequia in the presence.
Police say that during the search a quantity of monies was met.
Harvey was taken into custody and the matter was handed over to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) for investigation following the seizure of the cash.
On Tuesday, an electronic interview was conducted with Harvey in the presence of his attorney.
On Wednesday, following consultation with the Director of Public Prosecution, Harvey was charged with two counts of money laundering.
Harvey appeared before the Serious Offences Court on Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to the offences.
He was granted bail in the sum of EC$25,000 and is scheduled to return to court on April 24.
Sergeant Pedro Harry, chief financial investigator at the FIU, laid the charges.