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Two more charged in alleged BPL fraud

Police officers escort Anthony Strachan (right) and Orvano Symonette into court yesterday. Photo: Ahvia J. Campbell

Two more people have been arrested and charged in connection with a scheme to defraud Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) of almost $2 million.

In September former First Caribbean CIBC employee Reno Bethel was accused of defrauding BPL of $1,034,478 from January 27 to and May 5, 2017.

Investigators say that the additional suspects, who also did not work at BPL, defrauded the power company of $351,738,75.

Anthony Strachan, 39, of Blue Hill Estates, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of fraud by false pretenses and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses at his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.

Prosecutors allege that he defrauded BPL of $214,086.25 between January 27, 2017 and April 20, 2017.

Orvano Symonette, 27, of Gospel Light Way, appeared before McKinney charged with defrauding the company of $137,652.50 from April 13, 2017 to May 11, 2017.

He was also accused of attempting to fraudulently obtain $109,147.40 from CIBC FirstCaribbean on May 4, 2017.

Symonette also faced four counts of possession of forged checks drawn on BEC’s bank account and made payable to Bahamas Industrial Equip Sales and Re, BN Backhoe Trucking and Island Site Development and presenting those forged checks.

McKinney told Strachan and Symonette that they would be tried along with Bethel on March 26 and 27, 2018.

McKinney remanded both men to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, and advised them of their right to seek bail in the Supreme Court.

Tai Pinder appeared for Strachan and Alex Morley and Ryszard Humes appeared for Symonette.

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