[COURTHOUSE]:::Suspended Sentence For Salesman On Embezzlement Charge

No. 50 Friday, February 05, 2010
A former salesman for a major distributing company who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the company was given a suspended sentence after his attorney pleaded for leniency on his behalf.

   Senior Resident Magistrate Mrs. Vivienne Harris sentenced 65 year-old Paul Dunkley of Linstead, St. Catherine to 18 months imprisonment and then suspended the sentence for 12 months.
    In mitigation, Dunkley’s attorney Martyn Thomas said he admitted that he was wrong but pointed out that Dunkley was not in a position to make restitution.
    The attorney also stated that prior to the allegations made against his client, he had an unblemished record.
    The magistrate said Dunkley, who has a medical condition and who is presently unemployed, does not appear to be in a position to make restitution.
    She took into account his previous good character, his guilty plea and his antecedents report which spoke positively about him.
In the meantime, a representative for the company who was present in court indicated to the judge that the company was willing to write off the outstanding balance.
    Prosecutors say between April 1, 2008 and January 31, 2009, Dunkley, being a salesman employed by the distributing company, embezzled $281,900 which he had received on behalf of the company.
    The incident reportedly came to light after an audit was done and shortages discovered.
The matter was being investigated by Detective I. Frater of the Area One Fraud Squad.

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