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CUSTOMS FRAUDS.

BY A CLEVER ROGUE.

BANK MADE TO • REFUND

(Per Press Association—Copyright.)

MELBOURNE!, February 4

Judgment was given for Permewan, Wright and Company against the Victorian Savings Bank Commissioners for £15451 r ■„. ' . ' ):i: , The case was an outcome of an ingenious Customs fraud by Charles Heath while shipping clerk for, plaintiffs. Heath was in the habit of receiving blank signed cheques for payment of Customs duties, filling in the proper amounts when they were ascertained. Heath got delivery of goods, and pretended .that the, owners had changed" their-minds and intended to re-ship or export them, so that no duties would jbo repayable. Heath* procured cases 1 similar to those of which he got delivery, filled them with rubbish, had them shipped, and satisfied the Customs as to the export of dutiable goods. The cheques on which plaintiffs claimed were banked to Heath's own account. The Chief Justice said it was quite clear that his employers were innocent of any participation of Heath's frauds. When they found that money was owing the Customs for dutiable goods, Permewan, Wright and Co. paid it. All the cheques drawn were payable to H.M. Customs or bearer, and crossed, j He could not understand how. the bank failed to suspect the transactions; the least enquiry would have disclosed- the fraud.

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CUSTOMS FRAUDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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CUSTOMS FRAUDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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