Financial controller on fraud charge

Financial controller on fraud charge

Saturday, February 09, 2019

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A financial controller accused of swindling approximately $56,000 from a company was Wednesday offered $3 million bail after the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court was informed that the figure has moved to $7.163 million and climbing.

Charged with larceny as a servant is Garnett Gordon, a 49-year-old accountant of Red Hills in St Andrew.

On Wednesday when Gordon appeared in court his $30,000 bail was revoked by Acting Parish Judge Chester Crooks, who re-offered him bail in the sum of $3 million on condition that he surrender his travel documents and refrain from contacting the Crown witness.

This was after the prosecutor informed the court that the organisation had done an audit and has so far found that the company, which offers financial services, was suffering a loss of $7.163 million.

According to the police report, the financial company had supplied a paper production company with diesel fuel to help in its operation. A third party purported to be the managing director and as such all payments for the services delivered to the financial service company were made payable via a managers cheque.

On October 8 of last year, the company discovered a payment that was made via a cheque to a third party for May 15, 2018, although there were no supporting documents to prove that fuel was supplied to the company; nevertheless a cheque was reportedly signed by the accused.

Following an investigation he was arrested and charged.

On Wednesday before Gordon was offered bail, his lawyer Anwar Wright told the court that the case was a most unfortunate situation.

“He was the financial controller at the company for eight years and there was some misunderstanding which led to why he is here,” the lawyer said.

Gordon is scheduled to return to court on April 17.

— Tanesha Mundle

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