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Jan 27, 2006

Romanian forger out on bail for missing K.H.M.H. money

Story PictureTwo years ago, he made headlines after he was arrested for scamming over two hundred thousand dollars from the K.H.M.H., but tonight Romanian Robertino Oprescu is out on bail. According to court reports, Oprescu was initially granted bail late last year, but did not meet the conditions until this week … conditions which include a bond of twenty thousand dollars. We understand that Oprescu filed for bail shortly after he was arrested and charged, telling the court: “Based on the Belize constitution, I am asking for bail and not to be discriminated against. I have a wife and child one and a half years old. I have also applied for Belizean nationality. I am married to a Belizean woman.” In May 2004, officials of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital realised that around August 2002, Oprescu pulled a fast one on them, setting up a cobweb of fake companies and forging corporate checks to the tune of exactly two hundred and sixty thousand, eight hundred and seventy-three dollars. He was soon arrested and charged with theft and nine counts of possession of forged documents. When local officials put his particulars on the Interpol website, they found out that Oprescu was also wanted in Romania for a fraud conviction there. The defendant is considered a flight risk and was ordered to surrender not only his passport, but the travelling documents of his family, to the courts.

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