A former employee from the Radisson Fort George is facing serious jail time for the embezzlement of over 180,000 dollars from its employers and is currently being sought by police. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Radisson, he noticed an upward trend in the hotel’s financial statements in the Food and Beverage Department. As a result, he ordered an internal audit.
What that audit uncovered was an elaborate scheme which resulted in a total of 60 Belize Bank cheques, to a total value of $186,526.65, being cashed, based on fraudulent invoices. According to police reports, false invoice numbers of suppliers were inserted into the accounting system, which resulted in the cheques being issued.
Late last week, police arrested and charged 24 year old Justin Lacroix with 28 counts of uttering a forged document; 28 counts of claiming upon a forged document and 28 counts of handling stolen goods.
Police further arrested and charged 33 year old Brian Myvette with 8 counts of uttering a forged document, 8 counts of claiming upon a forged document and 8 counts of handling stolen goods. That third person, allegedly the ‘ringleader’ of the scam is 26 year old Justin West, a resident of Lords Bank.
Today, police issued a wanted poster with West’s particulars urging the assistance of the public in locating him. It is believed that West has fled the country and found refuge in Los Angeles, California.
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