CARIBBEAN: 83-year-old left with $120 as cousin ‘drains’ millions from account

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CARIBBEAN: 83-year-old left with $120 as cousin ‘drains’ millions from account

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JAMAICA OBSERVER – A St Ann woman is to be tried in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on August 25 on allegations that she withdrew $7.4 million from her octogenarian cousin’s bank account, leaving only $120.

The trial date was scheduled last Friday in court after accused Sharon Gordon pleaded not guilty to a charge of simple larceny.

“That is my cousin and I am not guilty,” Gordon said when she was questioned about the allegations by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey.

The magistrate before extending the Gordon’s bail then added a condition for her to report on Mondays at St Ann’s Bay Police Station.

The complainant, who is an 83-year-old retired dressmaker, reportedly took the accused to the Duke Street branch of the National Commercial Bank in downtown Kingston last year January and added her name to her bank account so that she could conduct business on her behalf.

The accused was also reportedly issued with a debit card for the account, but the complainant reportedly made it clear that she was only granting the accused authority to make withdrawals in the case of serious circumstances.

It is further alleged that between February 2014 and February 20 this year, the accused withdrew all of the complainant’s money leaving only $120 and nothing serious had happened for her to make those withdrawals.

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