Former LIAT employee pleads guilty to stealing over $76,000

By The Grenada Informer

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Kyron Nichols

(GRENADA INFORMER) — A former employee of the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT has pleaded guilty to stealing over $76,000 from the company is expected to be sentenced this month.

He faces a maximum 84 years behind bars.

Kyron Nichols, a resident of Tempe in St George and former ticket agent with LIAT here in Grenada, pleaded guilty last month before High Court Judge Madam Justice Paula Gilford to some 12 counts of stealing by reason of employment. He was represented in court by defence lawyer Arley Gill.

According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, Nichols was initially slapped with 33 counts of stealing, however at the Number One High Court the charges were condensed to 12, spanning a period of 10 months from February 2008 to November 2008.

The charges read at the court on Tuesday varied among different amounts allegedly stolen at different times, for instance on February 29, 2008 one of the charges listed an amount in the sum of $4,481.71, in March of that same year another charge listed an amount of $5,989 01, in June of 2008 another charge in the amount of $10,131.56, September 11, 2008 a charge in the amount of $11,173.82 and the list goes on until November 5 with a charge in the amount of $4,111.27 — 12 charges totalling $76,000.

Nichols was granted bail in the sum of $ 200,000 with two sureties, he is expected to surrender all travel documents, and report to the Central Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

With a possible seven years on each count, Nichols faces a maximum 84 years in prison although his lawyer is expected to make a strong plea for leniency given the matter is of some vintage. Nevertheless, whatever is said, the final decision remains in the hands of High Court Judge, Justice Gilford.

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7 comments

  1. What I want to know is this, what are/were the accountants and auditors doing, because how all this money keeps missing and they don't see that when they audit or do accounting? hmmm

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  2. I don't understand, why a business is operating at a loss and that business still wants to continue operating at a loss after many years in operation....Does that make any sense ?

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  3. ohhh is a god thing chastanet said we not putting no money in that liat place. now yall see why liat is broke cause of people like this man stealing huge sums of money who know who else is stealing from it.

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    • And now they want some US$152K to be injected over a period of 5 yrs....no way.....one of the conditions would have to be removing Liat's headquarters from Antigua.
      Until then St.Lucia should put No money into that ailing company....funds being syphoned for sure....Accountability is required.

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      • i agree with you cause if a business is operating at a loss is either they change management or close it down. look at the fisheries, chastanet closed down, that business is operating at a loss and not making no money but people cant see that and all they doing is talking crap.

        why do you think the fisheries was closed down as well, is because of guys like this man also stealing from the company. endless people in there taking things and selling it for their friends underprice and now they want to get vex now they dont have a job

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        • Oh yeah I betteing you the fisheries will open again under diffrent managemnt but not by goverment and wtach who will make the money obviously you can't see either.

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