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St Catherine accountant on fraud charge granted $300,000 bail

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 3:48 PM

A St Catherine accountant was on Wednesday granted $300,000 bail on breaches of the Cybercrimes Act.

Thirty-three-year-old Gavin Champagnie, of Jackson Way, Meadowvale in Portmore, St Catherine was charged on Tuesday by detectives attached to the Fraud Squad unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch and taken to court.

Champagnie is scheduled to reappear in court on Wednesday, March 16.

The police say on Monday, Champagnie, who worked as a financial controller at a finance company, purported to be the Chief Executive Officer of the company and allegedly sent an email to a junior accountant with instructions to wire US$42,000 to a bank account in the United States.

The junior accountant reportedly contacted the CEO for additional information and was told the email did not originate from him.

A report was made to the Fraud Squad and Champagnie was subsequently arrested and charged.