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Expat nabbed 5 years after stealing $21K, leaving

Magistrate's Court at John's Hole, Tortola

Magistrate’s Court at John’s Hole, Tortola

A native of the Commonwealth of Dominica who reportedly stole more than $20,000 from his employer before he left the British Virgin Islands has been hauled before the Magistrate’s Court.

Edmund Abel returned to the territory some five years after leaving, and was arrested this month.

He is charged with false accounting and theft.

The prosecution reported that Abel was employed to Tortola Express, where the offences were committed.

It is being alleged that the managing director of the business received company security footage showing that Abel had stolen cash from the establishment.

He reportedly observed the accused taking money from customers and entering the payment data into a computer that was not designated for the recording of funds received.

The managing director also allegedly  saw footage of Abel removing money from the company’s cash pan.

The court heard that the boss confronted him and he admitted to the theft of $21,974.

The managing director allowed him to sign an agreement, which stipulated that he would repay the stolen money in monthly installments.

It is further reported that Abel left the British Virgin Islands without paying any of the money.

The matter was then reported to police.

Abel returned to the territory recently under new employment arrangement.

Police met him in Road Town and took him into custody.

He reportedly confessed to falsifying documents and taking a ‘$10 or $20’ to buy food when he was employed at Tortola Express.

During his court appearance this month, Abel begged to be put on bail because he did not want to lose his new job.

He told the court that he still plans to repay the money he had stolen, adding that that was among the reasons he has returned to the jurisdiction.

“It wasn’t a thing where I wanted to run… I am asking you please, please [don’t remand me]. This is my first offence. I am not a criminal,” Abel said.

He continued: “I really going nowhere at all. I just make a stupid mistake and I would like the opportunity to make it right.”

Despite his plea for bail, both the prosecution and Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards agreed that Abel was a flight risk.

The magistrate subsequently remanded him into custody.

He is scheduled to return to court on February 27.

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  1. vi says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 37 Thumb down 0

    Seems like an idiot. If you are on the run, stay on the run. Why come back to the scene of the crime. lmao

    • @ VI says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 1

      Because times got hard in Dominica so he had to return to the place where he had a gateway lol. Go BALO and STAY THERE!

  2. LOL says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 23 Thumb down 0

    He reportedly confessed to falsifying documents and taking a ‘$10 or $20’ to buy food when he was employed at Tortola Express.

    He is accused of taking over $20K and he said it’s lunch money, he must be a really fat f***.

  3. Hmmmm says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 2

    Expat what, that boy went through the Primary and Secondary school system right here.

    I know I didn’t see him for a while but never thought he was into anything wrong.

    Why did he think he could just return to the BVI, find new employment and live happily ever after without repaying the company?

    • Hmm says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 2

      Going through the school,system doesn’t make an bvilander nor does it make you any less an expat.

    • Vi says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

      If he was a bvislander he would not need a work permit. Common sense isnt common

  4. LOL! says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 20 Thumb down 0

    Wait, let me if I understand this right. He stole money! Went MIA without repaying any of it.

    Then returned to the BVI and expected to work under the radar in a new position??? HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

    This is too funny! DWL! ROTFL! Either partner is really bold or really stupid. Or both.

    Immigration, Customs, Police you guys have to communicate better.

    Once he cleared Immigration or Customs on re-entry, Police should have been right there waiting to escort him out of the arrivals hall.

  5. son of the soil says:

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  6. Not Nice says:

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    Well some in this Abel family is like somebody put them so… lock he ass up for good simply because he has no regards for the owners…

    At least he could have written a letter to the owner stating he is seeking new employment and will have to leave the country for a while or something with respect

  7. Hmm says:

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    • SMH says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 9

      GET A DICTIONARY FOR GOD’S SAKE.. NOT EVERYONE IS A THIEF AND THE WORD IS “THIEVING”..

      I GUESS IF Y’ALL WERE THAT GOOD “DOWN ISLAND PEOPLE” WOULDN’T HAVE TO COME IN YOUR “COUNTRY” AND HELP BUILD IT UP TO WHAT IT IS TODAY. SICKENING

      • i wonder says:

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      • Grass Roots says:

        Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 7

        Yes, SMH. This attitude was clearly seen in South Africa where the minority Boers exploited plentiful Zulu labor but denied Zulus equal access to the economy they helped to build.

        Same in the USA. The free African slave labor and cheap Mexican labor all of a sudden was not important.

        Bigotry comes in all colors.

      • Hmm says:

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      • Wendy says:

        Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 6 Thumb down 4

        Charity begins at home. Why would you not stay in your birthplace that is so wanting and build it up? The BVI has choices from a universal job pool.

        The very fact that you abdicate and then spit in the face of your saviours says a whole lot about your being of a lesser God. Pitiful!

      • Soo says:

        Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 12 Thumb down 14

        I am an indigenous Virgin Islander and will not have you saying Down Island People came to help build my country which I am tired of hearing.

        (1) You and others made a choice to come here.

        (2) You and others came because this is the only
        country that is not United State Territory
        but spends the United State currency.

        (3) You and others came to make a better life
        for yourselves and families in your country.

        (4) You and others came because this is the
        only country in the Caribbean that you get
        privilege that the local don’t get.

        (5) Be thankful and show some gratitude.

        • Jack-B-Quik says:

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          @ Soo

          I wish I could hit “like” numerous times and copy and paste this.

          I too, am soooo tired and fed up of the same nonsense being spat out by the brethren from other Caribbean islands who absolutely feel or believe that BVIslanders owe them something, when really all they did do was enter our territory to make a better living for themselves and theirs. Tired!!!!

    • ... says:

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      @SHAME ON ME

      Deport yuh mother.

  8. Reply says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 15 Thumb down 0

    Moral to the story: If you catch someone’s sticky fingers in your cookie jar, call the police right there and then especially if it’s a large some of money.

    Don’t enter any agreement to repay with them, as this case clearly points out, they can walk away.

    Same lesson should be applied if you are in a car accident or minor fender bender.

    Never enter any agreement on the side of the road with the other person involved in the accident to repair your vehicle if they are at fault no matter what excuses they have.

    Every one should be driving with insurance. Call the police, and get you a police report. That’s your receipt for a future claim.

  9. Safe journey says:

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    Well his lawyer sister got represent him

  10. Smh says:

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    That tool in that shed is not sharp at all

  11. Wowy says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1

    Your victim,rather than have you imprisoned and deported agreed to make a deal without involving the law. You skip out and now skipping in….

    What kind of insect is this pretend human?

  12. Idiot says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 0

    So….this guy got the opportunity to pay back the company in installments with no police record etc.

    And decide to leave the island, even if he left the island you trying to tell me he couldn’t mail the money to the said organization like really, you know how much people wish they had the privelage to just sign a paper and pay some kind of amount monthly!!!??

  13. Spike says:

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    Simple case. He committed the offence. The Manager agreed with him to pay back the money in installments.

    The matter was not reported to the Police This was put in writing. I think he violated the agreement.

    Did it say if you failed to repay we will report?. This is now civil.

  14. east says:

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    First of all the manager needs to tell the whole story. ___ deal went sour….

    • LCS says:

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      @east

      The Managing Director is the owner. How could he be involved in robbing himself? Get your story straight.

  15. Diaspora says:

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    Real genius. He reneged on his word so he think that his former employer would welcome him with open arms and sing kumbaya. Not firing on all cylinders.

    The BVI seems to have a certain magnetism to it. People just cannot stay away.

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