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Woman gets suspended sentence for operating illegal employment centre

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 10:23 AM

A St James woman, who has been accused of operating an illegal employment centre has been sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment.

The sentence is to be suspended for three years.

Maureen Brown, who is of a Montego Bay address, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of obtaining money by false pretense and 10 counts of forgery in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on April 29.

In handing down the sentence yesterday, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey explained that if she committed another infraction of this nature she would spend 18 months in prison.

Brown 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 Portland men 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.