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Apr 8, 2009

Family charged with money laundering still travels

Story PictureWhen contacted this morning F.I.U. Director, Marilyn Williams expressed concern that two persons on bail for money laundering charges were allowed to travel internationally without the knowledge of the Unit. The two in question are Marlene and Melonie Coye who were charged with laundering over one point five million dollars on January second. Three other family members were also charged in the same case: Melonie’s husband James Gerou and father and son, Michael and Jude Coye; all were offered bail of fifty thousand dollars each. The court at the time ordered the surrender of their travel documents. But information reveals that thirty-three year old, Melonie Coye who managed the local money transfer company, Money Gram, left the country en route to El Salvador on two different instances in the past two months. Marlene is also known to have travelled in the recent months. But according to the F.I.U., it is a contradiction of the basis on which the family received bail and it prejudices their ongoing investigations. Attorney for the Coyes’, Dickie Bradley, however says his clients were allowed to leave the country with the expressed approval of the Courts.

Dickie Bradley, Attorney for the Coye Family
“Miss Coye made an application, she was allowed to travel, she had to say when she will leave the country, how long she will be out of the country and when she’ll return. She met all the requirements and she returned. She studied for a degree in a Central American country, she has a right to travel and go about her lawful business. If any of those persons need to travel and they breech any condition, they will forfeit fifty thousand dollars, their bail will be revoked and they will go to prison. If they stay out of the country, they become a fugitive. It doesn’t not affect the ability of the court to try them in their absence and they can be requested to be extradited if they are in a country with a treaty like ours.”

Duane Moody
“The court is now back in possession of their travel documents? “

Dickie Bradley
“That is a requirement of their arrangement. They are required to surrender their travel documents, if there is a legitimate reason for any person to travel, they apply to the court, the court will turn it down, the court will accede to the request. Ms. Coye left the country and she came back.”

Duane Moody
“And she turned in back her documents?”

Dickie Bradley
“Yes, the bail was not on the condition that you can’t travel, you know. The bail is on the condition that you surrender your travel documents so that I need to know if you are leaving the country. The court needs to know, not the F.I.U.”

The F.I.U. questions that if the reason for the travel is legitimate, then why they were not informed … and that in the interest of justice and fair-play, the unit should have been given an opportunity to be heard. When News Five spoke with the Clerk of the Court today we were told (Quote) “It is not a matter for the media.” (Unquote)

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