There was some confusion in courtroom No. 5 at provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday as the judge and lawyers tried to straighten out which lawyer was representing which accused and which of the accused were actually present in the fraud-related case involving three men and two women, all believed to be from Montreal.
The group was arrested at St. John’s International Airport in early March.
The RNC seized more than 300 prepaid gift cards and credit cards in relation to the arrests, as well as a device that can change the information on the magnetic strip of the cards in order to give them value.
The accused range in age from 19 to 47 years old. Collectively, they face more than 40 charges.
Most of the five had lawyers there to represent them. When it was straightened out who was there to represent whom, it was determined that two of the accused had nobody representing them and were also not in court. Warrants were issued for their arrests. The case will be called again in September.