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Bail denied for accused SSL fraudster, request for Zoom hearing also rejected

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(Jamaica Observer) Jean Ann Panton, the former wealth advisor of Stocks and Securities Limites (SSL) who was slapped with multiple fraud charges recently in relation to the theft of billions of dollars from the investment accounts of more than 30 clients, was denied bail on Friday when she returned to the Supreme Court.

During the proceedings, her defence counsel, Tamika Harris, provided the court with an affidavit showcasing newspaper clippings detailing Panton’s illness. The attorney also presented two additional medical reports, which included a report from Panton’s orthopaedic surgeon.

Harris revealed that Panton suffers from diabetes and hypertension, chronic lumbar, hip and knee pain.

In addition, the attorney told the court that the medical reports spoke of a risk of infection, and her need for physiotherapy.

“I am not minded to grant her bail in this matter,” said Presiding judge Justice Lorna Shelly Williams.

Panton’s defence team also requested that she appear for the next court date via Zoom, however, this request was also denied by the judge.

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