Two years jail for contractor who lost $1.7M while gambling


City Magistrate Leron Daly on Monday sentenced a 44-year-old contractor to two years in jail after he confessed that while gambling, he lost $1.7 million which was given to him by the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs to purchase raw materials.

Doorman Henry admitted that on August 17, at Main Street, being solely entrusted by the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, with $1.7M cash to purchase materials, he failed to do so and converted the money into his own use and benefit.

Henry, who was unrepresented, told the court that after collecting the money, he and another man went to the casino on three separate occasions and gambled with the money.

However, he later went to the Ruimveldt Police Station and made a report claiming that the money was lost.

An investigation was launched and the police discovered that Henry made a false report and had squandered all of the money.

Magistrate Daly, after considering Henry’s early plea and the seriousness of the crime, sentenced him to serve two years of imprisonment.

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