Man charged for stealing bank customer’s savings

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man was charged in a magistrate’s court yesterday in connection with the theft of more than $160,000 from a woman’s bank accounts.

According to investigators in the Financial Crimes Unit of The Royal Bahamas Police Force, $151,844 went missing from Elizabeth Lim’s Commonwealth Bank savings account, while $9,000 went missing from her Scotiabank savings account.

Prosecutors allege that Samuel Kemp, 27, of Davis Street, Fox Hill, stole a portion of the missing funds.

It is alleged that between June 19 and June 21, $4,500 was transferred from Lim’s Scotiabank account to Kemp’s Scotiabank account.

Prosecutors also alleged that between July 2 and July 4, $40,000 was transferred to the defendant’s Commonwealth Bank account from Lim’s Commonwealth Bank account.

Kemp appeared before Magistrate Kara Deveaux-Turnquest.

He was charged with six counts of stealing and six counts of money laundering.

Kemp pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

According to Woman Detective Constable Munnings, Kemp told authorities that a man named Andre said he would advise him when the money was transferred to his bank account in order for Kemp to withdraw it and pass it along to him.

The detective told the court that authorities recovered some of the funds, and said the investigation into the matter was ongoing to track down other parties allegedly involved.

Kemp was denied bail and remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

He is expected to return to court October 1.