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Defence lawyer says alleged fraud money was for a DPP official

Shimell Thomas

The Defence Lawyer for a man accused of fraud said his client was given more than GUY$1 million to bribe someone at the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Attorney-at-Law, Paul Fung-a-Fat made the claim during the court appearance of 32-year old Shimell Thomas on a charge of fraudulent conversition of GUY$1,007,000 the property of Jennifer Van Sertima.

The offence was allegedly committed on between February 1 and March 28,2013 at Georgetown. The court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, was told that Thomas was given the money to pay a lawyer. However, he allegedly converted the money to his own use and benefit.

Thomas, a taxi driver, was granted GUY$150,000 bail and ordered to return to court on May 9.

Fung-a-Fat informed the court that Van Sertima allegedly gave Thomas the money to bribe someone at the DPP’s office.