Customs fraud case adjourned again

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(From left) Foston George, Joesine Christian and Rowan Matthew
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By Latrishka Thomas

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Three individuals who allegedly scammed the Customs department out of thousands of dollars saw their case adjourned again – this time because the defence is yet to receive the list of exhibits.

Customs officer Joesine Christian and brokers Rowan Matthew and Foston George are jointly charged with conspiracy to defraud in relation to a 2017 incident in which the three reportedly gained a large sum of money from the Customs department at Deep Water Harbour.

Christian is also charged with cheating the public revenue and corruption in public office.

The two brokers are facing additional charges of obtaining money by false pretences and making a false declaration.

The three defendants are believed to have obtained money by using duty-free concession codes from the government and pocketing money from their clients.

The trio appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh on Tuesday expecting to finally hear whether or not their case will proceed to the High Court but the defence lawyers indicated that they did not receive the list of exhibits that will be tendered at the committal proceedings.

As a result, the hearing was adjourned until February 7.

Attorney Wendel Robinson represented George, Andrew O’Kola appeared for Matthew and Elizabeth Drakes-Laviscount for Christian.

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