Transport Board Fraud Case heads to the High Court

The Former General Manager of the Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board Harry Josiah and another former employee named in the Transport board fraud case are to stand trial in the High Court in September.

The decision was made when Josiah and 60 year old Genevieve Phillip appeared before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel on Monday in the All Saints Magistrate Court for committal.

In March 2015 Josiah was slapped with 21 charges on fraud in total for a number of offences allegedly committed. He was granted $100,000 bail with a $10,000 cash component.

Nearly three months later, the former transport board GM had to find another $10,000 bond after he appeared in court on 18 new fraud charges. The charges against Josiah range from corruption to forgery; uttering and obtaining items valued at $75, 000 using forged documents during the period December 2009 and December 2010.

Shortly after Phillip was arrested and slapped with seven charges for similar offences during the ongoing fraud case.

The charges include Forgery of an Insurance certificate; Uttering of the said certificate; Forgery of a Transport Board Change of Ownership form; Uttering of the said Change of Ownership form; Obtaining the VIN number of a 2000 Toyota Corolla motorcar valued at $23,900 by virtue of a forged document, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board; Larceny of the said vehicle; and Receiving the said vehicle knowing it to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

These offences occurred on December 15 and 16, 2009 at Paynters Estate and Redcliffe Street, the police communications department (STRATCOM) said in a release.

In September of 2014, an investigation was launched into the management of Transport Board under Josiah’s tenure. He was later sent home on indefinite suspension which was later rescinded. Josiah was first charged in mid March. Later that month, additional charges were filed against him

 

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