Man blames court staffer for check theft
A man told police than an accounts supervisor at the Magistrates’ Court Complex was the mastermind in a scheme to defraud the Civil and Domestic Courts, a court heard yesterday.
Donavon Harris, 26, of Marshall Road, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a forged document, uttering a forged document and fraud by false pretenses at his arraignment before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis and was sentenced to one year in prison.
Harris cashed a $6,000 check, drawn on the Civil and Domestic Courts account, at the RBC Cable Beach Branch on May 24, 2018.
Prosecutor Inspector Lakisia Moss told the court that Janice Minus-Rolle reported check number 856125 missing and the check was later negotiated at RBC.
However, Moss said that Harris told police that he got the check from Minus-Rolle, whom he had met through his brother who worked in the janitorial section.
Harris told police, the court heard, that Minus-Rolle asked him if he wanted to make some money and they met in the court’s parking lot where she handed him the check.
Based on these accusations, Rolle-Davis inquired why Minus-Rolle had not been arrested and charged.
Harris was arraigned in the absence of his lawyer, Maria Daxon.
Rolle-Davis was unable to revisit the matter for her to make a plea in mitigation on Harris’ behalf because he had already been sentenced.