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March 24, 2014
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Fraudster ordered to pay back employer

A man who is accused of defrauding his former employer of more than $1 million was given until April 17 to repay the monies when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Carl Sterling, 40, from May Pen ,Clarendon, pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

Sterling is accused of stealing $1,146,000 from MJE Pharmaceutical Company, where he was employed as a sales representative, and was tasked with collecting money on his employer's behalf and lodging it to the company's account.

It was reported that Sterling collected cash and cheques from clients in May Pen and Hanover, but failed to hand over the money to the company.

His attorney told the court, however, that her client possessed bank statements that he claimed proved he repaid portions of the money, but stated they were confiscated during his arrest by the Fraud Squad.

The complainant's attorney refuted the claims, stating that they have no records of any such money being deposited to the company's account.

Sterling's attorney added that he had brought $180,000 to pay and was pleading for an additional three months to complete the payment.

Her request sparked the ire of Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey who quipped, "this is not Courts where you can pay in parts, I'll give him until Holy Thursday to repay the money."

Sterling returns to court on April 17 for sentencing.

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