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Burrows’ builder got $60k cash

A construction boss told Supreme Court his firm was paid about $60,000 in cash for carrying out work at the home of alleged fraudster Kyril Burrows.

Thornton Robinson said his company of five men spent around six weeks at the private home at Turkey Hill, St George’s, which Mr Burrows is accused of rebuilding using more than $553,000 of taxpayers’ money.

Mr Robinson said he was put on the job by someone called Allan Foote several years ago but added: “I didn’t know how I was getting paid.”

He said he understood Mr Burrows, who used to instruct him what work needed doing, was the owner of the property.

The prosecution has previously said Mr Burrows stole Government cash to pay for the luxurious upgrade of the home he shared with wife Delcina Bean-Burrows.

John White, of J&M Construction, has said his company was paid for work at the site after submitting invoices to the Works and Engineering Ministry where Mr Burrows was a buildings manager. Mr White says Mr Burrows told him the Turkey Hill property was a Government office.

On Friday, the jury also heard from Jameela Robinson, an employee in the Accountant General’s office, who confirmed she handed over a number of documents to police as part of its investigation.

Accountant General Joyce Hayward has previously said Mr Burrows allegedly breached Financial Instructions, the rules binding civil servants in relation to the charges he faces.

Mr and Mrs Burrows deny 35 charges between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2009, alleging crimes of cheating, obtaining money transfers by deception, obtaining property by deception, money laundering and false accounting.

The trial continues.

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Published March 26, 2012 at 9:53 am (Updated March 26, 2012 at 9:53 am)

Burrows’ builder got $60k cash

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