Accountant charged for defrauding company

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March 03, 2016

Detectives attached to the Fraud Squad Unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch charged one man for breaches of the Cybercrimes Act on Tuesday.

He is 33-year-old Gavin Champagnie, an accountant of Jackson Way, Meadowvale in Portmore, St Catherine.

Reports are that on February 29, Champagnie who worked as a financial controller at a finance company purported to be the chief executive officer (CEO) of the company, and allegedly sent an email to a junior accountant with instructions to wire US$42,000 ($1.5m) to a bank account in the United States. The junior accountant contacted the CEO for additional information when it was discovered that the email did not originate from him. A report was made to the Fraud Squad and Champagnie was subsequently arrested and charged.

When he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, he was granted bail in the sum of $300,000. He is scheduled to reappear on March 16.

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