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St Catherine sisters who defrauded law firm get suspended sentences

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:16 PM

St Catherine accountant 35-year-old Tamara Gouldbourne, who defrauded a law firm of more than $8.1 million, was given a six-month custodial sentence for larceny when she appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday.

Gouldbourne was also sentenced to nine months imprisonment on each of five counts conspiracy.

The sentences were suspended for 24 months.

Her co-accused, labourer Chantol Thompson, was also sentenced to nine months imprisonment on each of five counts conspiracy.

Her sentences were also suspended for 24 months.

In handing down sentencing, parish judge Tara Reid-Carr said she took into consideration the fact that the women, who are sisters, pleaded guilty and made restitution.

The court was told that between July and November 2016 Gouldbourne was employed as accountant at the law firm of Kinghorn and Kingdom in Spanish Town in the parish.

She wrote a number of cheques in the names of clients of the law firm.

She then conspired with Thompson to encash the cheques.

On one occasion the bank became suspicious and then contacted the law firm seeking clarification.

The fraud scheme was uncovered during an internal investigation.

The women were subsequently arrested and charged by the police.

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