Wednesday, March 22, 2023
By PAVEL BAILEY
Tribune Court Reporter
A MAGISTRATE’S Court clerk was in tears yesterday as she faced 20 fraud-related charges - with prosecutors alleging she abused her court position for profit and gain.
Prosecutors say that between January 30 and March 9 this year, Cruzel Nottage, 33, forged and was found with various fake court payment sheets and receipts.
The documents, intended for illicit use by two courts at the Magistrate’s court complex, represented $14,620.
Nottage also allegedly obtained $5,000 from Eric Rolle through unlawful means on March 9 while he was trying to pay a fine.
That same day, she allegedly fraudulently obtained $350 from Georgina Rolle, money intended for another person.
While acting as a jury assistant around that time, Nottage also allegedly falsified accounts to show a fine of $9000 was paid in full when only $50 was paid.
Officers arrested Nottage on March 15, seizing $865 they suspected to be proceeds of crime.
She faces one count of money laundering, one count of falsification of accounts, two counts of fraud by false pretences, two counts of extortion, seven counts of possessing forged documents and seven counts of uttering a forged document.
She pleaded not guilty to all charges. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt granted her $8,000 bail on condition that she signs in at the Wulff Road Police Station every Monday and Wednesday.
Nottage cried with a relative after her arraignment.
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