Nov 08, 2008 News
No tricks, no living. A man purporting to be the son of the US Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. John Jones, was yesterday sentenced to one year’s imprisonment and fined $40,000 by acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson.
John Spintz, 31, of 20 Public Road, Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara, impersonated the US Ambassador’s son and obtained money by false pretence between October 24 and November 5 last.
He further told the magistrate that he wanted the matter to finish quickly, seeing that he was going on a long vacation.
He added that he has a teaching job waiting on him at the prisons.
The defendant said that he has a total of $86M waiting on him when he gets out of prison.
Fat chance, the prosecutor said. Spintz has a great imagination.
According to the prosecution, Spintz went to the Riverview Hotel in Linden and pretended to be the ambassador’s son. He ordered a variety of items from the hotel to the tune of $58,000.
When asked by the presiding magistrate to explain, the man said, “You Worship, everything that the prosecutor said is true. I went there for kicks.”
He added that he had over $30,000, but the bill “come high”. He further told the court that he told the man that he would return with the remaining balance, but he never went back.
Another charge read that he went to the Baganara Island Resort and impersonated the US Ambassador’s son. According to the prosecution, he purchased a quantity of items totalling $130,000.
Spintz pleaded guilty, and told the court that he went to the resort and he met a guy who said that he was the deputy of IDB. He said that he told the man that he was the ambassador’s son and needed some cash to borrow.”
Spintz said that the man left the resort and went to town. According to the defendant, the man came back and gave him US$350. He noted that he never thought that the man would give him US dollars, but he happily accepted the money.
He further told the court that the same man introduced him to another guest who was at the resort — a German national. He said that he told the woman that he was the ambassador’s son and the woman told him that she loved America.
He continued by telling the court that the woman asked if she could have done anything for him, to which he said that he asked for some cash until he returned to the city.
The proud defendant said that the woman went down to her yacht and brought up a large sum of Euros and gave it to him.
He said that he was arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station, where he was questioned and the ranks did not check his bags. He added that he was grateful for this, since he had the money inside.
He said that he came to town and was taken to the Brickdam Police Station where, again, ranks did not check his bags. The man added that he was visited by a friend, who took the bag out of the police station and hid it away.
When asked by the magistrate to state where he put the money, he replied, “I put it somewhere on the highway, and by the time I come back out I gon remember.”
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