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Woman charged for fraud to appear in court September
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The St James woman who reportedly stole US$36,500 (J$4,046,956.48) from her employers, between December 2011 and January 2012, had her case set for mention on September 11, when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Thursday.

Brittany Lawson, of a Cornwall Courts address in Montego Bay, is charged with several counts of fraud. She had her bail extended after the prosecution revealed that it was waiting on a fiat (legal document) from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, before proceeding with the case.

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

"We are waiting for a fiat from the DPP's office, and we have eight witnesses," clerk of the court Shelly-Ann Greaves told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie, when the case was mentioned last Thursday.

RM Tie subsequently selected September 11 as the new court date and extended Lawson's bail to that date.

"I am going to set another date in this matter because the matter is not ready to be tried. Madam, your bail is extended until September 11," RM Tie told Lawson.

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