Man accused of stealing $2.1 million from the blind

Jamaica Observer:-A former employee of the Jamaica Society for the Blind, who is accused of stealing approximately $2.1 million from the organisation, has denied stealing that amount, saying instead that he only took about $670,000.

The accused, Michael Hall, who was employed as a finance and administration manager, made the disclosure when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

According to allegations, Hall, over a period of time, collected monies on behalf of the organisation, but instead of depositing the funds into the company’s account, lodged it in his own account. Hall reportedly collected $2.071 million.

After the theft was discovered Hall was arrested and charged with embezzlement.

But when he appeared in court on Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Parish Judge Sanchia Burrell asked him: “Are you saying that you took nothing at all?”

Hall then replied: “I took, but not that amount.”

“How much?” the judge then asked.

Hall then told the court that he had taken about $670,000.

Judge Burrell then advised him that he should retain an attorney, but Hall indicated that he was currently unemployed and could not afford a lawyer.

As a result, Attorney Kayon Atkinson was assigned to represent him as a legal aid attorney.

The matter was subsequently set for a case management hearing on October 5 and Hall’s bail was extended.