Bank employee accused of stealing nearly $6 million

July 25, 2022

An employee of National Commercial Bank is accused of fraudulently transferring $5.8 million from the bank's suspense account.

Arsenio Johnson, a retail support officer, was charged with five counts of larceny as a servant, engaging in a transaction involving criminal property and access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of an offence. It is alleged that between January 3, 2020 and July 12, Johnson transferred money to the savings account of another individual. The funds were then transferred to Johnson's savings account. Johnson, 32, was reportedly seen on video footage making withdrawals from the other person's bank account. He was later arrested and charged.

When he made his first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last week, his attorney Annette Henry, sought to make a bail application on humanitarian grounds before parish judge Maxine Dennis-McPherson.

"Our client has been in custody for days. Our client is diabetic and hypertensive. He is also a devoted husband and he has three children, who, every day are asking, 'Where is my father?' My client is fully aware of the court process and has given us the reassurance that he will continue to cooperate. Your Honour, safe and except for these allegations, our client has not run afoul of the law. I believe he is not a flight risk and he is willing to subject himself to the process," Henry submitted.

But her request was quickly shot down by the judge, who indicated that she would not be entertaining a bail application and instructed the prosecutors to set a date for the application to be heard in court. Johnson was remanded in custody. He was made the subject of a fingerprint order and is to return to court on August 11, when the matter is set for mention. His criminal records were also requested and it is expected that a bail application will be heard on that date. Investigators were tasked by the judge to obtain outstanding statements from the bank as well as video footage.

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