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Kingston woman in alleged visa scam granted bail

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 3:22 PM

A Kingston woman who is charged with breaches of the Larceny Act has been granted bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in the amount of $60,000.

Forty-five-year-old Shereen Sawyers of a Heroes Circle, Kingston address is charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretense. 

Sawyers is to return to court on Wednesday, March 23. 

It is reported that between June last year and February 2016, Sawyers purported to be a visa agent and collected $100,000 from four people to make visa applications to the United States Embassy on their behalf.

She reportedly gave the four persons confirmation codes for appointment.

However, it was later revealed that the appointments were fictitious.

The four persons contacted Sawyers who allegedly promised to return their money but did not do so.

Sawyers was arrested and charged after the matter was reported to the police Fraud Squad in March.