2011 fraud case to be taken over by DPP
A St James woman, who allegedly fleeced US$36,500 (J$4,217,210) from her workplace between December 2011 and January 2012, had her bail extended to March 18 when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Brittany Lawson, of a Montego Bay address, is charged with fraud. She had her bail extended after the prosecution asked for a mention date in the case.
It is alleged that Lawson, who was in training at the Montego Free Zone in 2011, was given access to a supervisor's password for the company's database, including its bank account, as part of her training. Beginning from December 12, 2011, she allegedly used the password to make 14 unauthorised wire transfers of funds from the account amounting to a total of US$36,500.
On January 4, 2012, the discrepancies were discovered and reported to the police. Subsequent investigations led to Lawson's arrest and charge six days later, with her laptop being seized as evidence.
On Monday, Clerk of the Court Natalie Malcolm told Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would be prosecuting the case against Lawson.
"The Crown requires a further mention date as the DPP has conduct of this matter," said Malcolm.
The case was subsequently set for mention on March 18, when a representative from the DPP's office is expected to be present to take over the case.