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TIMARU, June 17

The magisterial inquiry into the frauds in the Deputy-Assignee’s office commenced today, when P. Birrell, the deputy’s clerk for five years and a-half, was charged with forging two receipts for dividends—ono on Juno 7, 1888, for L 385, and the other on the 4th September for Ll2 lls Jl. In the first case the forgery is alleged to consist of interlining in the dividend sheet entries of a suitable character, with ticks for the date, ami the creditor’s signature, the twm lines being also blackened. The interlining was made less suspicious, as other interlineations were shown to bo all right. The funds in this estate—that of Julius Siegcrt—were found by Mr A. W. Earnes, audit inspector, to be just L 386 short. In the second case tho alleged forgery consists of a false signature to a receipt for the amount of a dividend in the same estate. Mr Bames was lead to investigate this case from noticing that the signature was like accused's handwriting, though disguised, and that the name of one of the creditors was misspelled as accused had misspelled it in the books. The cases have not concluded, as witnesses were not all present. The Inspector stated that the total deficiencies amounted to L 706 IGs lOd, Mr White, district Crown prosecutor, conducts the cisea.

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ALLEGED DEFALCATIONS., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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ALLEGED DEFALCATIONS. Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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