A former manager for a local hotel and restaurant has been accused of pilfering close to $10,000 from the establishment last year.
Curtis James, a Jamaican residing in Towers pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of theft when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Friday.
The court heard that James allegedly stole the monies between March 24 to May 3 of last year, while he was employed as the assistant manager of Pusser’s Marina Cay Hotel and Restaurant.
Part of his duties was to make daily deposits at Banco Popular in Road Town on Tortola, the court heard.
However, accountants at the establishment reportedly became suspicious when they discovered inconsistencies with the amount of money inside a pouch where company funds to be deposited are kept, and the amount written on the information section of the pouch’s exterior.
The heard that when confronted by the company’s Chief Financial Officer about the missing money, James allegedly admitted that he took the funds.
The matter was later reported to the police and James, who is currently a construction worker, was charged.
During his court appearance last week, the accused man was granted $40,000 signed bail with two surities. Magistrate Innocent, however, ordered the accused to pay $5,000 cash upfront.
Defence attorney Stephen Daniels is representing James, who is scheduled to return to court on October 19.
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