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Finance ministry theft case put off

The trial of a former accounts clerk at the Ministry of Finance accused of stealing more than $500,000 from the government agency was yesterday adjourned at the request of the prosecution.

Prosecutors allege that youth pastor James Anwar Johnson stole $515,992, which he had access to through his employment, from the Bahamas government between December 2016 and April 2017.

Johnson is also accused of falsifying accounts to show that VMMS Business Service was entitled to payments of $567,877.

It is further alleged that Johnson attempted to steal $41,115 in cash on April 5, 2017.

Johnson appeared before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister yesterday for the continuation of his trial. However, the prosecutor assigned to the matter was unavailable as he was in the Supreme Court, a superior court. The matter is now set for May 22.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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