Editorial Staff
5 months ago

Editorial Staff
5 months ago

Customs Brokers committal hearing adjourned

​By Zaya Williams

 

The committal hearing for two men accused of customs fraud has been postponed to a later date.

Rowan Matthew and Foston George, customs brokers, are facing their fifth fraud case where they allegedly scammed Customs out of thousands of dollars.

In July, they were charged with three new scams and brought before the court for this latest matter. The men are scheduled to appear in the Magistrates’ court on December 7 for the committal proceeding, hopefully for the final time.

Matthew and George have dozens of other charges against them in cases already committed to the High Court for trial. They are accused of using government duty-free concession codes to obtain money from their clients.

In one case, they are charged alongside Customs Officer Joesine Christian with conspiracy to defraud related to a 2017 incident at Deep Water Harbour, where the trio reportedly gained a large sum of money from Customs.

Christian is also charged with cheating the public revenue and corruption in public office. The two brokers are facing additional charges of obtaining money by pretenses and making false declarations.

Matthew and another Customs Officer, Jeanette Browne, are also facing similar charges. George and Matthew have two other matters that were committed in May.

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