Computer scam enriches bank clerk $250,000 taken in six months!
Friday, 20 March 2009
By Albert Ciego - Staff Reporter
San Pedro Town
An offshore bank employee who allegedly defrauded the bank of more than $259,000 during a six-month spree was busted and taken to court on Thursday March 19.
Steven Williams, a 21 year old computer technician of Boca Del Rio in San Pedro, and a former employee of Caye International Bank Limited on Coconut Drive in San Pedro Town, was arrested on Wednesday March 18 and taken to the San Pedro Magistrates Court on Thursday March 19.
He is faced with 34 counts of theft, forgery and claiming upon false documents.
No plea was taken at Thursday’s bail hearing. He was offered and met bail in the sum of $25,000.00 and ordered to return to court on Thursday April 23.
San Pedro police say that Williams, while employed by the bank, received instructions from investors to transfer money from one account to the other or to cross transfer funds to other companies.
Police say Williams made up fictitious companies and made out checks to them from his clients’ accounts.
His luck ran out in October 2007 when a client company, found that money had been withdrawn from its account without its authority.
An investigation revealed that the money was deposited to the account of L&G Investments, a paper company manipulated by Williams.
Further investigations showed that Williams made out 34 checks through various false companies, for an estimated amount of more than a quarter of a million dollars.
Police have confiscated computers, vehicles and various parcels of land reportedly belonging to Williams.
Police said that a similar case against Williams fell apart due to lack of evidence. But recently they have recovered cheques completing the paper trail and linking it to Williams. http://www.reporter.bz/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=3416&Itemid=2