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EMBEZZLEMENT OF UPWARDS OF £ 3,000. George James Porter, a respectable-looking young man,was charged at the London Guildhall, with forging a bill of exchange, on the 10th of January last, for the sum of £ 237 113., with intent to defraud, against the statute, &a. Mr. Humphreys, of the firm of Humphreys and Morgan, prosecuted, and Mr. Lewis, sen., of Lewis and Lewis, of Ely-place, watched the caaa on behalf of the prisoner. Mr. Humphreys said the prisoner had been originally apprehended at the instance of Messrs. Blenkiron and Son, merchants, carrying on business at No. 123, Wood-street, Cheapside, on the charge of forging a bill of exchange for .£237 Is.; but, after making every search, they had not been able to find the bill. He, therefore, did not intend to proceed with the charge of forgery, but he would prefer two other charges against, him—one for embezzling the sum of X12 7s., and the other for stealing a cheque for X13 5s., which the pro- secutor had signed for the purpose of paying an account to a person he did business with. The prisoner was clerk and book-keeper to the firm of Messrs. Blenkiron and Son, and it was his duty to reeeive sums of money, enter them in the cash-book, post them into the ledger and aceount to the prosecutors for them.. He had also to pay away money and enter it, and in fact to keep the books. The prosecutors had engaged the services of Messrs. Chatteris and Nicholson, the aooountants, to check the accounts of the prisoner, and the prosecutors were therefore satisfied that no fraud could be perpetrated on them by any of their clerks, or even by the prisoner himself. He was sorry to say that in consequence of the neglect of the aocountants the prisoner had been able to commit frauds upon the prosecutors to a large amount. He had confessed to £ 2,800, but the prose- cutors had discovered other defalcations of considerable amount, and he feared they would not come off with so small a loss. It had already been ascertained to be over £ 3,000. The way the frauds were committed was this:—After Messrs. Chatteris had checked the books for the month they never examined the previous month's account to ascertain whether they were in the state they left them or not; and the prisoner, taking] advantage of that course of proceeding, altered the back month's accounts and cooked them to his own advantage. The books, on examination, were found to be full of erasures. Some evidence being taken, the prisoner was re- manded.

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