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Lawyer seeking to overturn fraud conviction to know fate in November

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 1:33 PM

The Court of Appeal is to rule on November 15 whether to overturn a two-year prison sentence for Attorney-at-Law Oswald James, who is convicted on fraud charges.

A three-member panel comprising Court president, Justice Seymour Panton, and Justices Dennis Morrison and Carol Lawrence-Beswick completed hearing submissions yesterday.

James was last year found guilty by Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelley Williams on allegations that he had defrauded one of his clients of more than $20 million in a real estate deal.

His attorney, Brian Barnes, told the Court that the evidence in the case did not support the Magistrate’s conviction and that a no case submission should have been upheld.

State prosecutors maintained that their witnesses were credible and there was sufficient evidence for the conviction.

James is on $2-million bail.

The complainant, Canadian businessman Carlton Lewis, made a report to the Fraud Squad in June 2009 after the attorney failed to refund $230,000 he allegedly gave him in 2008.

However, James, who has denied the allegation, has testified that he invested the money, as directed by Lewis, and no fraud was involved.


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