Accountant charged with theft of US$495,000

Robert Neil Aspinall, an accountant, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday for 14 charges, including two for theft.

Details of one charge are that Aspinall stole US$445,000 from Level Global Overseas Master Fund Ltd. between May 1 and Aug. 21, 2013.

The second charge alleges that he stole US$50,414.20 from Aslan Capital Master Fund LP and Aslan Capital Offshore Fund Ltd. on Nov. 6, 2012.

No details of any charges were mentioned before Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez. Senior Crown Counsel Nicole Petite and defense attorney James Austin-Smith made a joint application for the matter to be adjourned until June 27 so that certain matters could be reviewed.

The magistrate extended Aspinall’s bail. He surrendered his passport to the court.

Other charges include six counts of transferring criminal property, two counts of converting criminal property, two counts of forgery and one count each of false accounting and using criminal property.

The alleged conversions of criminal property relate to US$200,000 for a deposit on the purchase of property on July 11, 2013, and the conversion of US$50,536.58 for the purchase of a BMW X3 vehicle on Oct. 21, 2013.

The most recent alleged offense is a charge of transferring criminal property – US$93,000 – between Dec. 15, 2014 and Jan. 19, 2016.