PHILIPSBURG–The Court of First Instance on Wednesday ordered defendants Rignald G. Hyman (36) and Wilson R. Henry (40) to each pay US $42,302, or spend 246 days in jail in the event they do not pay, for illegally obtaining a profit of US $84,603.59.
They obtained the money in the armed robbery of Sonesta Great Bay Hotel and Casino on September 18, 2015.
Hyman and Henry were both found guilty of involvement in the robbery and were sentenced respectively to four and five years in jail on March 16.
The Prosecutor’s Office submitted a dispossession claim to recover the proceeds of this crime. The prosecution feels that suspects should not financially benefit from the robbery. “After all ‘crime does not pay,’ and therefore we requested that the robbers repay this amount,” the Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
The hearing on the dispossession claim took place on May 18. In the 2015 robbery US $293,835.28 in different denominations was stolen, but only $209,231.69 was retrieved.
Orders to recover the proceeds of crime fit within a new policy of the Prosecutor’s Office. From now on, the Prosecutor’s Office will be submitting more claims of this nature, it was stated.
Source: Daily Herald
Casino robbers ordered to pay back criminal proceeds