Salesman denies stealing $-million; claims he left it with supermarket manager

Covering The Courts

with Tanesha Mundle

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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A salesman employed to a popular distributing company who is accused of stealing $1.19 million from a manager of a supermarket after delivering goods, claimed he did not collect the money and left it with the manager as it is the company's policy.

Dwayne Lawrence of Sandy Bay in Clarendon, who was employed to T Geddes Grant Limited, was recently arrested and charged with embezzlement.

The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday heard that on the day in question Lawrence went to the supermarket in Spanish Town, St Catherine and collected cash in the amount of $1.19 million for goods delivered from the manager and pocketed the money.

The court also heard that Lawrence had given the manager a receipt after collecting the money.

But Lawrence's lawyer, Ravil Golding, during a bail application insisted that his client was innocent and that he did not leave the supermarket with the cash.

According to the attorney, the distributing company has a system whereby the salesman is not allowed to collect cash from the customer. Instead, he said the salesman only collects the money to check it and after doing so he provides a receipt to the customer who will then collect the cash to give to the Brink's security truck.

“Yes, he gave the customer a receipt but he left the money with the customer,” Golding said.

Criticising the T Geddes Grant system as faulty, he further said: “How can we have a system where you gave a customer a receipt but you're obliged to leave the money?”

The prosecutor, however, maintained that Lawrence left with the money.

“It is strange that he is now saying that he left the money, but that does not make sense,” the prosecutor remarked.

Judge Broderick Smith, however, accepted the bail application and offered Lawrence $250,000 bail on condition that he reports at the May Pen Police Station, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The accused is scheduled to return to court on March 19.

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