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August 7, 2014
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Woman accused of stealing from employer remanded

A woman accused of stealing US$2,450 (J$275,502) and $175,000 from her employer was further remanded when she appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with larceny as a servant is Susan Thompson, who pleaded guilty to the offence.

The Crown alleged that when the revelation was made, the complainant alerted police officers. Upon being arrested and charged, when cautioned by officers, the accused was believed to have said "I took the money and gamble it at Terra Nova Hotel."

"Miss Thompson, will you be making restitution of these monies?" asked Resident Magistrate (RM) Georgiana Fraser, to which she replied in the affirmative.

"I won't consider bail until I see some money come in," the sitting magistrate added.

A short while later, a man who introduced himself to the court as the accused woman's cousin offered to pay a sum of $165,000 as restitution on Thompson's behalf.

The matter was briefly stood down, allowing court officials time to process the transaction.

When the matter was recalled, it was confirmed that the sum of $165,000 was paid over to the complainant, leaving an outstanding balance of $10,000 and US$2,450 ($275,502).

"I want to see some more money come in," said RM Fraser.

Subsequently, Thompson was remanded in custody until August 21, allowing time for the monies to be gathered and repaid on that date.

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