Manchester principal on fraud charge remanded

Friday, May 10, 2013

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MANDEVILLE, Jamaica — Gregory Brown, principal of Brown’s Academy on charges of fraudulent conversion, was remanded when he appeared in the Mandeville Resident Magistrates’ court Friday (May 10).
He will return to court on May 14.
Brown who has been operating the private educational institution since 2010 is alleged to have collected Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) fees from students of the institution but failed to pay over the money to the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), the administering body of the exams.
The students have reportedly not received any timetables and are unable to sit examinations, as the CXC has no record of their names.
Brown’s attorney Alpheus Hines told Resident Magistrate Desiree Alleyne that Brown started off the school in good faith.
He said that he was not intentionally trying to defraud the students and as such he is not guilty of the act.
Hines said that his client used some of the money was used towards the business of the school.
However, RM Alleyne said that the greater problem was that the students are not able to do the CSEC examinations for which they were being prepared.
“What’s the use in teaching if the students can’t write exams…,” said Alleyne.
She added that efforts could have been made to ensure that the students got the service for which they paid, as she knew of cases in which the CXC accepted late payments.
Some teachers are reportedly also awaiting outstanding salaries from Brown.

— Alicia Sutherland

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