Trial of former inland revenue cashier adjourned

The trial of a former cashier at the Department of Inland Revenue was yesterday adjourned to January 31.

Breanna Symonette, 28, of Dundas Town, Abaco, who was responsible for collecting value-added tax (VAT) and business licensing fees as a cashier at the Department of Inland Revenue, is accused of stealing $38,214.39 over several months.

Prosecutors allege that Symonette began stealing money on February 23, 2018 and continued until June 21, 2018. They say she falsified the accounts by allegedly not inputting all of the money collected into the system.

Symonette appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on Monday for the continuation of her trial on charges of falsification of accounts and stealing by reason of employment.

Prosecutor Patrick Sweeting asked the court for an adjournment because the lead investigator was unavailable.

McKinney reluctantly adjourned the matter given the difficulty in getting a stenographer.

The bribery case of an immigration officer was yesterday adjourned to March 4.

Edwin Morley, 31, of Pinewood Gardens, is accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe from two undocumented immigrants to prevent their deportations.

Morley and Clive Schroeter, 48, of Garden Hills, face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses and fraud by false pretenses.

Prosecutors say that the men got $2,000 from Jamal Forbes on March 15, 2019 by fraud by false pretenses and agreed to commit the offense on the same date.

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Artesia Davis

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

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