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Accountant denies extortion, fraud charges

A self-employed accountant on Thursday denied extorting $75,000 from a client last month.

Prosecutors allege that Sean Bain, 49, of Twynam Heights, extorted the money from Paul Baker, the owner of Lifestyle Construction, on September 28.

On the same date, prosecutors allege that Bain received a check for $75,000 from Baker through false pretenses.

Bain, the owner of Bain and Associates, is accused of falsely telling Baker that he had to pay the money to the Department of Inland Revenue as part of a value-added tax audit.

Bain pleaded not guilty.

He elected summary trial at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday.

Although denied bail by the magistrate, a supreme court judge granted Bain $8,000 with two sureties soon after.

Bain, an accountant of 27 years, is represented by Ian Cargill.

He returns to court on December 2 for a fixture hearing.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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