By RICARDO WELLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 23-year-old man awaiting trial on three counts of theft and one count of money laundering in connection with more than $60,000 his girlfriend stole from her employer over a seven-month period, had the case against him adjourned to September 4 yesterday.
The adjournment came subsequent to L’Shabazz Forbes’ decision to give formal notice of change of attorney, with his new representative, Jomo Campbell, requesting the delay to familiarise himself with the case.
Forbes had been represented by Howard Thompson and Keevon Maynard, the attorneys who represented his girlfriend Krystal Rolle, 23, in her case and subsequent sentencing earlier this month.
Rolle, a former assistant who had responsibility for payroll and bill payments at Simply Business Solutions, has been ordered to repay the $55,005.90 she stole from her employer between November 3, 2017, and June 5, or serve a three-year prison sentence.
It was further specified that Rolle reimburse her former employer at least $30,000 of the sum before she is eligible for release from custody; and the remaining $25,005.90 in $2,500 monthly instalments once released.
However, The Tribune understands she is still in custody at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
Rolle was accused of stealing a total of $66,585.84 from her former employer and funnelling the funds through her bank accounts and those of her boyfriend, Forbes.
Rolle’s former employer discovered the scheme after being questioned by the bank about various transfers made from the company’s credit card to at least two RBC accounts.
The accounts were later identified as being registered to the couple.
According to account records, $11,579.94 of the sum was stolen by Rolle, while concerned with Forbes, between Tuesday, January 30, and Thursday, March 1.
The money was allegedly laundered through Forbes’ RBC bank account.
Forbes has maintained a not guilty plea.