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Published: 18 January 2007

Double life of trusted finance chief revealed by CNJ

A TRUSTED council finance chief who abused his position to steal money from Camden’s most vulnerable residents owns a second home in the Caribbean, the New Journal can reveal.
John Baptiste, 57, was told on Friday that he faces an “inevitable” prison sentence after confessing to stealing more than £600,000 from the accounts of people unable to look after their own financial affairs. Some of his victims suffered from dementia and had no clue that their money was mysteriously vanishing.
The New Journal – the only newspaper in court as he admitted four charges of theft – reveals today how:
• Baptiste owns a second home on the tropical island of Grenada.
• He demanded a salary from the Town Hall for the time he was suspended, forcing the matter to an unprecedented employment tribunal.
• He has called on a vicar to stand up for him in court before his sentence is handed down.
• His scam went undetected at the Town Hall for six years after he was given a position of complete trust.
A hard-working, church-going family man on the surface, Baptiste declined all requests for an interview this week as his secret double life was unravelled. He will be sentenced in March. > more
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