Company director elects Grand Court

Charges include alleged thefts of property totalling US$693,234.46

Fernando Mota Mendes, 44, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday facing charges that included theft, false accounting and the making of a false statement by a company director. 

Magistrate Valdis Foldats told him theft is an “either way” offence – meaning it can be tried in Summary Court or in Grand Court. Mendes, who was represented by attorney Prathna Bodden, elected to have his matters go to Grand Court. 

Senior Crown Counsel John Masters asked for the case to be mentioned in Grand Court on Friday, 28 October. 

The charges were read out in open court. 

One alleges theft of property to an amount of US$560,427.03 belonging to Conimbriga Investments Ltd. It is alleged to have occurred between 23 January and 13 August, 2010. 

Details of a second charge of theft are that Mendes, between 30 June, 2009, and 11 January, 2011, stole property to the amount of US$132,807.43 belonging to Finab Ltd. 

A charge of attempted theft on 17 September, 2009, relates to property to the value of US$25,000 belonging to Conimbriga.  

Two false statements by a company director are alleged. 

One says, on or about 10 February, 2011, in Cayman, being an officer of a corporate body (corporate manager of Finab Ltd) with intent to deceive members or creditors of that corporate body about its affairs, Mendes published a bank statement for a specified account held in the name of Conimbriga Investments Ltd for the period between 31 March, 2010, and 21 July, 2010, which he knew to be false. 

The second false statement charge relates to a different Conimbriga account for the period between 18 September, 2009, and 30 July, 2010.  

Mendes also faces two charges of false accounting in relation to a bank statement for each of those two periods.