A man who has, over the last two decades, defrauded people by pretending to be a police officer is before the court again on deception charges.
Iso Lynch, a 37-year-old labourer, of Layou, was arrested on Oct. 4 and charged with fraud and impersonating a police officer.
He is charged that on Sept. 22, he falsely presented himself as a police officer employed by the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, to a 28 –year-old businessman of Belair.
Police are alleging that the accused man, in the process of carrying out this act, dishonestly obtained EC$450 in cash from the virtual complainant with the intention of permanently depriving him of it, at Sharpe Street, Kingstown,
Lynch is also charged with deceiving another Belair resident on Sept. 24 and dishonestly obtaining EC$900 in cash with the intention of permanently depriving him of it, also at Sharpe Street.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared before the Kingstown Magistrate Court and was granted bail.
The man, who has been convicted and served time for similar offences, will face trial on Nov. 28.
His crimes date back as far as 1999 and include him obtaining EC$600 from a man in 2001 while posing as a Coast Guard officer, for which he was jailed for three months.
In 2010, Lynch presented himself as an inspector of police and obtained approximately EC$1,000 from an Arnos Vale resident and EC$50 from a Mesopotamia resident, promising them both to sell them firearm licences.
He told his victims that he worked in the Office of the Commissioner of Police and knew that their applications for firearm licences had been unsuccessful.