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Lawyers in ATL fraud case seeking judicial review

Published:Monday | September 1, 2014 | 1:24 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Lawyers for the Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) group have sought a judicial review of a magistrate’s decision to dismiss criminal charges against three former executives in the billion-dollar ATL Pension Fund fraud case.




Attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman says the motion, which was filed last Thursday, seeks to have the decision of Senior Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams quashed.



The three former ATL executives, Patrick Lynch, Catherine Barber and Dr Jeffrey Pyne, were freed last month after the magistrate upheld no-case submissions by their attorneys.



They were on trial for distributing $1.7 billion of interest and withdrawal surpluses to members of the scheme without the consent of it’s founder Gorstew Limited.



They are also accused of using forged letters to deceive ATL Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart that consent had been obtained.



However, in dismissing the charges, RM Shelly-Williams said prosecutors had not presented a case that a reasonable jury could have found them guilty.



However, speaking to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning Wildman argued that the magistrate exceeded her authority in her ruling to end the trial.



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