Thursday, 25 May 2023 14:28

Court orders forfeiture of over $100m from former bank manager

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The Financial Investigations Division (FID) was successful in the Supreme Court in securing a forfeiture order of J$119 million and a pecuniary penalty order (J$720,000) against Andrea Gordon, the former senior manager at National Commercial Bank (NCB).

Gordon, in 2021, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison following her conviction on three counts of ‘access with intent to commit an offence’ Cycbercrime Act, three counts of ‘larceny as a servant, larceny act, seven counts of money laundering, ‘engaging in a transaction involving criminal property’. 

Investigations by the FID’s forensic examiners revealed that the true extent of Gordon’s fraudulent conduct exceeded J$119 million based on her unauthorized and improper transfer of funds from the bank. Gordon formally conceded, via Court documents filed on her behalf, in light of the strength of the financial evidence.

The forfeiture order was granted in relation to a Havendale, St. Andrew property owned by Gordon. Meanwhile, the pecuniary penalty order (PPO) relates to the proceeds from a motor vehicle that she owned during the period of the fraud – January 2017 to May 2020. Gordon was also ordered to pay the legal fees for the FID and NCB.

The FID is reminding the public that it is impartial in the application of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) through the Courts to deprive criminals at any level of illicit wealth and, where necessary, make restitution to the victims of crime, which in this instance is NCB.