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Former Melia Braco GM freed of charges

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer
Dimitris Kosvogiannis
Dimitris Kosvogiannis

Former general manager of Melia Braco Village Resort Dimitris Kosvogiannis is considering legal action against the State for malicious prosecution.

Kosvogiannis was yesterday freed of charges relating to alleged breaches of the country’s Revenue Act when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

“I have, from day one, denied wrongdoing, and [I have] been clear that these charges were due to a malicious and devious attempt to sully my name. I am grateful to the court and my attorneys for recognising the charges for what they are. I hope no other individual in Jamaica – or anywhere in the world, as a matter of fact – is visited by the injustice which was initially meted out to me. I am grateful that justice eventually has prevailed,” he said shortly after the charges were dropped.

Kosvogiannis was slapped with fraud-related charges in July 2018.

The prominent businessman and hotelier was accused of neglecting to furnish information connected to applications for taxpayer registration numbers (TRNs).

The police had reported that Kosvogiannis’ arrest last year July emanated from an intense investigation into several fraudulent activities involving two major banking institutions.

In February, he was freed of allegations that he obtained credit by false pretence after the prosecution conceded that evidence was insufficient.

He was accused of acquiring several credit facilities from the institutions using different TRNs and names.

In June last year, the Greek national quit as general manager for the Trelawny-based resort.

nickoy.wilson@gleanerjm.com