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Jury empanelled for Andre Curtis fraud trial

The trial of a businessman accused of defrauding the Bermuda Government is due to begin tomorrow at Supreme Court.

Andre Curtis, 49, is accused of stealing an unspecified amount of cash from Government and falsifying the accounts of the Faith Based Tourism budget and his own company Harvest Investment Holdings.

He is further accused of stealing an unspecified amount of money from a man named Andrew Smith.

Mr Curtis, from Warwick, formally denied the charges when he appeared before Chief Justice Richard Ground yesterday.

A jury panel of six men and six women was selected to hear the trial. They were told that more than 20 witnesses are due to give evidence for the prosecution, and the trial is expected to wrap up by mid-October.

The case was then adjourned for legal arguments, and Mr Justice Ground told the jurors to return tomorrow, when the case is due to open.

Mr Curtis is represented by lawyers Mark Pettingill and Marc Daniels while the Department of Public Prosecutions is represented by Kirsty-Ann Kiellor and Karen King.

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Published September 27, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 27, 2011 at 10:28 am)

Jury empanelled for Andre Curtis fraud trial

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