I Can Foundation fraud trial postponed until November

POSTED: 08/12/11 7:10 PM

St. Maarten – The I Can foundation fraud trial was postponed until November 2 yesterday, to allow time for additional investigation. Yesterday afternoon, the defendants in the case, Neville Junior Hermitt F., 54, and his wife Joan Theresa, 42, made an appearance in the Court in First Instance with their attorney mr. B.B. Brooks.
The couple landed a job at the I Can Foundation after they did community service there for an earlier conviction. They are charged with forging receipts for goods delivered to this foundation and for defrauding the development fund for the Netherland Antilles Usona for almost 400,000 guilders (a bit more than $222,000).
Court documents show that a company called Personalized Creations N.V. supplied the foundation between April and December of last year with goods for which the couple signed receipts. However, the invoices listed much larger quantities than the company delivered. Based on these receipts, the defendants submitted three invoices dated August 18, September 23, and November 5, to the director of projects and programs c/o the Executive Council of St. Maarten.
The total amount the I Can Foundation claimed this way from Usona is between 216,000 and almost 400,000 guilders.

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