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St James employment scammer pleads guilty

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 7:49 PM

A St James woman who operated an employment centre has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of obtaining money by false pretence and 10 counts of forgery.

Maureen Brown, of a Montego Bay address, pleaded guilty in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Brown is to be sentenced on Monday, May 4.

Brown, who allegedly operated an illegal overseas job recruitment centre in Montego Bay, was arrested on April 24 by detectives attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch.

It is reported that on Wednesday, April 22, 10 men, all of Portland addresses, visited the United States Embassy in Kingston, with forged job letters seeking Seaman visas.

The men were detained by security personnel at the embassy and investigations revealed that they had paid large sums of money to Brown.

She was subsequently arrested and charged.

Meanwhile, the Police are asking anyone who may have paid over monies to Brown to contact them at 922-2373 or 922-7322.

The police are also urging the public to follow legitimate procedures in obtaining visas.