A teacher who is accused of defrauding an insurance company was offered bail in the sum of $300,000 when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The teacher was charged after he allegedly defrauded the company of almost $2.5 million.

Charged with forgery, uttering forged documents, obtaining money by false pretence, and conspiracy to defraud is 40-year-old teacher Phillip Spencer of a Dennis Avenue, Kingston 19 address.

According to reports, on January 2, a report was made to the Fraud Squad by the TIP (Teacher Income Protector) Friendly Society, which is an organisation that insures persons working within the school system.

It is alleged that the accused conspired with others to defraud the TIP Friendly society by completing fraudulent illness claims on behalf of himself and other teachers.

Forged Signatures

He allegedly made fraudulent stamps of doctors, which he attached to the claim forms, stating these doctors attended to the members, and forged the signatures of the principals of the schools to which the members are employed, indicating the principals had verified that the employees were absent from school on particular days due to the illnesses.

These fraudulent claims were uttered to TIP Friendly Society, who processed them, and payments amounting to approximately $2,472,353.40 were paid over to him and bearers he used, purporting they were asked by the teachers to collect their cheques.

Spencer was subsequently arrested and charged.

After the allegations were read, the accused attempted to give his plea, but the court did not accept it, because an audit is ongoing.

Spencer was offered bail with surety. a stop order was also made, and he is to surrender his travel documents and return to court, where the matter will be mentioned on January 20.