PHILIPSBURG–Canadian national David S. Marwick (51) on Wednesday was sentenced in absentia by the Court of First Instance to twelve months imprisonment for having defrauded his former employer Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. The Court found it legally and convincingly proven that he had committed forgery, fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. It was considered proven that the financial controller had defrauded his former employer out of more than US $430,000 between January 1, 2005, and the day of his dismissal on November 9, 2011. Marwick did not attend his trial, and also did not have an attorney present to represent him.
The investigating judge had suspended the defendant’s pre-trial detention against payment of a $10,000 bail. The criminal judge declared the bail forfeited, as well as the balances on the suspect’s confiscated bank accounts.
“The actual defrauded amount is probably much higher,” the Prosecutor said in demanding a prison sentence of 18 months, six of which were to be suspended, on two years’ probation.
A civil judge earlier convicted Marwick of payment of more than $1.2 million. Therefore, the criminal judge rejected the dispossession claim which was filed by the Prosecutor’s Office.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/66913-canadian-gets-one-year-for-defrauding-sonesta-maho