Accountant charged with forgery

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Joseph Doway, an accountant, is facing 48 charges of forgery and uttering related to his duties to deduct statutory remittances from a construction company’s employees’ salaries.

Allegations are that that the monies were deducted but were not paid into the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS), Board of Education (BOE), Social Security Scheme (SSS) and the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) as is required.

The total  combined amount is $53,751.88 over the period from December 2010 to April 2011.

Doway appeared in St John’s Magistrates’ Court before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh yesterday when his attorney made application for him to be granted bail.

Attorney Maureen Payne Hyman told the court that Doway, who is a Dominican national, is not a flight risk since he is married to an Antiguan police officer and has lived here for several years.

The court wanted to have a look at Doway’s passport because he has not applied for citizenship and marrying an Antiguan does not give him automatic citizenship.

He claims to holds temporary residence status. When his travel document is presented to the court today, the magistrate will decide whether to grant the 57-year-old man bail.

He was remanded in custody overnight.


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