Sunday 25 August, 2019

Man held on extradition warrant makes first court appearance

Steve Hernandez, who is wanted by the United States Government for wire and mail fraud, made his first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday.

Hernandez was arrested at his home in Lances Bay, Hanover on Thursday, during a joint operation by the Lottery Scam Task Force, the Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Special Weapons and Tactics team.

The US Government has issued an extradition request for him to face their courts.

Mail fraud and wire fraud carry up to 20 years imprisonment if a conviction is secured.

When he appeared before Senior Parish Judge, Vaughn Smith, Hernandez said he had not yet made a decision whether to fight the extradition request in the local courts or waive his right to a hearing and face his accusers overseas.

‘Mr Hernandez, do you have a lawyer sir?” the judge asked.

“No sir, but I have to make contact with my family members first and it takes a while as you would appreciate that I live in Hanover and it is quite a journey for them to get to Kingston,’ he said.

He told the court that his relatives would soon contact him and he would make a decision as to what legal route to take.

Hernandez was ordered remanded and will be brought back to court on May 27.

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