54-year-old woman arraigned on 76 counts of fraud

54-year-old woman arraigned on 76 counts of fraud

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Dawn Bethel, 54, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Wednesday, arraigned on 76 counts of fraud.

Bethel pleaded not guilty to 65 counts of fraud by false pretenses, four counts of forgery, four counts of uttering forged documents, one count of attempted fraud, one count of converting the proceeds of crime to purchase real estate in the Chesapeake Subdivision of Grand Bahama, and one count of possessing funds from the proceeds of crime in the amount of $252,478.16.

The alleged criminal activity was said to have begun in March 2018, when Bethel allegedly began drawing cheques on behalf of her employee, Forsythe Communications Limited, placing them in her name and later cashing them at Scotiabank Bank Madeira Street branch.

The cheques cashed, according to the chief magistrate, ranged from $2,000 to $8,000, totalling to over a quarter of a million dollars by March of this year.

Appearing confused, Bethel interrupted the chief magistrate while reading the litany of charges, explaining that she does not recall the cheques in the amount of $6,000.

Bethel has been remanded to The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until her status hearing which is set for April 16th as Ferguson-Pratt expressed that her court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

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This article was written by Matthew Moxey – Eyewitness News Online Intern