Bank teller admits to theft

A bank teller who stole $800 from a customer’s account did so because he was under pressure to provide for his family and pay for his electricity bill, the Summary Court heard Thursday.

Davion Anthony Wright, 27, was charged with two counts of theft after making two $400 withdrawals from a customer’s account in November last year, just two months into his employment at the CIBC First Caribbean branch at Plaza Venezia.

Mr. Wright pleaded guilty to both charges.

Defense attorney Dennis Brady said the defendant felt pressured to provide for his wife and his 5-year-old son. He said Mr. Wright was already under pressure because his wife earned more than he did.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats heard the money had been used to pay two CUC bills to enable Mr. Wright to reconnect the electricity to his home.

“It was not a matter of greed but a matter of need,” Mr. Brady said. “He was overcome by 
the temptation and the desire to prove he was 
a man.”

Mr. Brady argued that Mr. Wright was driven “into the realms of criminal activity in an effort to prove to his spouse that he was a man.”

Crown prosecutor Candia James said it was not just a case of theft but also a breach of trust. Ms. James argued that the $800 was not a small amount.

Magistrate Foldats said he could not speculate whether the stealing would have stopped or if it would have continued if Mr. Wright had not been caught.

Sentencing was set for 2 p.m. on July 24.

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