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Air condition technician accused in $10m fraud charged

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 3:29 PM

A Kingston man accused of fleecing several people out of more than $10 million to buy motor cars has been charged by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch.

Forty-seven-year-old Chris Barrett, air condition technician of a Park Avenue, Havendale address, has been charged with nine counts of obtaining money by means of false pretense.

The police say he was charged on Friday.

He is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

According to the police, reports are that between February 2013 and September 2015 nine individuals gave Barrett more than $10 million to purchase motor vehicles on their behalf.

The police say after collecting payments, Barrett did not provide the complainants with the vehicles they had requested.

Efforts by the complainants to contact him for a refund were reportedly unsuccessful.

The matter was then reported to the Police’s Fraud Squad resulting in Barrett being arrested and charged.