Housing official found guilty

A Grand Court jury took almost two days to reach a guilty verdict on seven charges against insurance salesman and the former deputy chairman of the National Housing Development Trust, Edlin MacArthur Myles.

The trial began last week in which Mr. Myles was accused of selling or attempting to sell insurance to housing applicants, whom he falsely told required insurance.

After two of the original nine charges were dismissed, Mr. Myles was charged with four counts of obtaining property by deception and three counts of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception.

Mr. Myles, 62, sat impassively as a jury of six women and one man delivered their verdict before Justice Alexander Henderson.

The court heard Mr. Myles had used his position on the board to obtain personal information about housing applicants and asked them to pay for insurance.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Trevor Ward had told the court that this was not a procedure of the National Housing Development Trust.

Defense attorney Ben Tonner had argued the crown gave no explanation as to why Mr. Myles would throw away his long-earned reputation for a few hundred dollars.

Justice Henderson will deliver sentencing on Thursday, June 26 at 11 a.m.

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