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Woman charged for attempting to defraud $1m from pensioner

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 5:20 PM

A Manchester woman charged with attempting to obtain almost $1 million under false pretense is to make her first court appearance on Monday.

Detectives from the Area One Fraud Squad charged 44-year-old Dian Banton on Monday.

The police say between February and May 2009,  Banton fraudulently made an application to the Accountant General’s Department for pension benefits amounting to approximately $830,000 on behalf of a pensioner.

It’s reported that the scheme was discovered when the pensioner went to collect the benefits and was told it had already been collected.

A report was subsequently made and a probe launched.