Health Services Authority employees Dominic Fernando Dacres and Nick Romano Smith appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of false accounting and obtaining property by deception.

Dacres, 41, faces one count of obtaining property by deception. Court documents reveal Dacres is alleged to have dishonestly submitted overtime claims between 1 Jan. and 31 Dec. 2017. By submitting the falsified forms, Dacres is said to have received a ‘pecuniary advantage’, that being overtime pay, despite not having worked the actual hours. The documents did not specify the amount of money Dacres is alleged to have received.

The co-accused, 57‑year-old Smith, was charged separately and faces two charges of false accounting, and an additional charge of breach of trust.

The first charge of false accounting alleges that Smith, while working as Dacres’ supervisor, knowingly signed off on the false overtime claim forms and then passed them on the Health Services Authority’s accounts department for payment. Smith is said to have knowingly passed on the false documents between 1 Jan. and 31 Dec. 2017.

Smith is also accused of doing the same thing with another man, between 1 Jan. 2017 and 20 Jan. 2018.

Smith’s third charge, breach of trust, was deemed to be a ‘Class A’ offence and therefore was transmitted to the Grand Court.

No pleas were entered during Tuesday’s appearance, and both men were released on bail. Smith will next appear before the Grand Court in October to answer the charge of breach of trust.

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