A former employee of LIME, previously named Cable and Wireless charged for stealing just over ninety-one thousand dollars from the company has been sentenced to a three year suspended sentence, having pleaded guilty to stealing by reason of employment.
Joseph Ratoo, who once headed the financial operation of the company, had the sentence of the court handed down to him on Tuesday by High Court Judge Madam Justice Price Findley at the number one Supreme Court months after accepting responsibility for his action.
According to information emanating from the Court, Ratoo had access to the company’s finances by virtue of his position in the finance department with responsibility of reconciling cash, among other things. The evidence noted that from time to time, Ratoo would cash company checks rather than deposit them into the company’s account.
The evidence continued that Ratoo was caught attempting to cash a five thousand dollar check in 2009, the police was called in and a charge of Stealing by Reason of Employment was subsequently laid.
During the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, defense lawyer Peter David told the court that his client has admitted his guilt, understood the seriousness for his action, and agreed to a repayment plan with the company.
David assured the court that Ratoo is not a bad person, had no previous issue with the law prior to this incident. In fact he described his client as a good man who did a bad thing, due to domestic problems. However according to David, having recognized his wrong, he has apologized to those affected.
Prior to handing down her sentence the Judge reminded Ratoo that given his qualification, he had no reason to do what he did; having been placed in a position of trust by his company he had no reason to be standing in a prisoners dock the judge noted.
Responding to claims from defense counsel that Ratoo was tempted, the Judge reminded him that anywhere he works there is going to be temptation.
Ratoo was therefore sentenced to three years in prison which three years would be suspended. Additionally, the fact that an agreement to repay the sum of $91,031.19 is already in place, the judge assured Ratoo that if he missed any payment, he would go to prison for three years.
Added to that, Ratoo was ordered to do 200 hours community service, failure to do so, he would be sentenced to prison for two years. That sentence will run concurrently with any other sentence he is serving. Ratoo was also ordered to do counseling in money management.
The judge’s parting comment to Ratoo was “ you have dodged your bullets here, I hope that when temptation of whatever kind visits you, you think about your wife or your child first.”