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June 23, 2014
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St James woman accused of stealing US$36,500

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James woman accused of stealing US$36,500 (J$4,046,956.48) from her employers between December 2011 and January 2012 had her case set for mention on July 17, when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Wednesday.

Brittany Lawson, from Cornwall Courts, Montego Bay, had previously pleaded not guilty to several counts of fraud.

The allegations are that as part of her training at the Montego Bay Freezone, Lawson was given access to a supervisor's password to her company's database, inclusive of its bank account. Beginning from December 12, 2011, she used the password to make 14 unauthorised wire transfers from the account, transferring funds amounting to US$36,500.

It is further alleged that on January 4, 2012, the discrepancies were discovered and reported to the police, and investigations led to Lawson being arrested and charged and her laptop seized as evidence.

The court was told that a request for a fiat had been sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and that a response is being awaited from that body.

Presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger, subsequently set the new date and extended Lawson's bail.

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