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Accounts clerk denies $250,000 fraud

An accounts clerk at Forsythe’s Communications who was accused on Wednesday of defrauding the company of more than $250,000 in a year-long period, used some of that money to purchase property, court papers allege.

Prosecutors allege that Dawn E. Bethel, 54, of Oleander Drive, South Beach, fraudulently obtained $252,478.16 from March 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019.

Bethel faced 63 counts of fraud by false pretenses, one count of attempted fraud by false pretenses, five counts of forgery, five counts of uttering forged documents, converting the proceeds of crimes and possession of the proceeds of crime when she was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Bethel elected to have the matter heard summarily before a magistrate instead of before a judge and jury in the Supreme Court. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Although represented by counsel, Bethel interrupted the magistrate after she arraigned her on the 27th count on the indictment.

Bethel said, “I’m not sure you’re reading the information properly. I don’t recall that check for $6,000.”

Ferguson-Pratt replied, “I am reading the charge sheet as it was given to me.”

On the charge of converting the proceeds of crime, Bethel is accused of using $5,844.52 of her alleged ill-gotten gain as a down payment towards a lot in Chesapeake Subdivision in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

She is also accused of possession $252,478.16, which represented the proceeds of crime during the charged period.

Bethel was remanded to prison as the magistrate lacks jurisdiction to consider bail for the offenses.

She returns to court on April 16 for a status hearing.

Artesia Davis

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