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Accountant on fraud charge

Published:Saturday | March 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Gavin Champagnie, a 33-year-old accountant of Jackson Way, Meadowvale, in Portmore, St Catherine, was on Tuesday charged with breaches of the Cybercrimes Act by detectives attached to the Fraud Squad unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch.

Reports are that on February 29, Champagnie, who worked as a financial controller at a finance company, purported to be the chief executive officer (CEO) 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 contacted the CEO for additional information. It was then that it was revealed that the email did not originate from him. A report was made to the Fraud Squad and Champagnie was subsequently arrested and charged.

When Champagnie appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, he was granted bail in the sum of $300,000.

He is scheduled to reappear on March 16.