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Attorney Michael Lorne arrested on fraud charges

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 7:51 PM

Criminal defence attorney Michael Lorne is declaring his innocence after being arrested by the police on fraud-related charges.

The Fraud Squad unit of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) has indicated that  Lorne has been charged with forgery and fraudulent conversion.

He is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

According to Fraud Squad investigators, the allegations centre around the sale of a house in the east Kingston community of Rockfort.

One investigator revealed that the house, which is jointly owned by siblings who reside overseas, was sold for $6 million in 2011.

However, the investigator said one of the siblings, who resides in the United States, complained that she did not get the $3 million she was entitled to from the sale of the house.

Further, the investigator said the woman complained that a document giving effect to the sale was submitted to the Titles Office with a signature purported to be hers and was witnesses and stamped by Lorne.

However, according to the investigator, the woman has insisted that she never signed any document giving effect to the sale of the house.

But responding to the allegations, the attorney said after the required payments were deducted from the sale of the house, only $4 million remained.

Of this amount he said $3.5 million was paid to the woman's brother who resides in the United Kingdom.

"She said she wanted the same amount that I gave her brother, which I said I couldn't do. The most I could do is give her the rest and a lawyer took a cheque to her (in that amount) and she said 'no'," Lorne sought to explain.

He said her claim that she never signed any document is also not true.

"The matter has been placed before the court and we hope that when the day comes we will be vindicated," Lorne insisted.

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