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Bail extended for pastor charged with fraud

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 11:34 PM

A Minister of Religion who allegedly took money from another colleague and gave him false divorce documents received an extension of his bail when he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court today.

Fifty-seven-year-old Vernon Gayle, of High House District in the parish, is charged with obtaining money by means of false pretense, possession of forged document and uttering forged document.

Gayle pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His bail was extended until January 21 next year when the matter will again be mentioned.

Allegations are that in 2014 a pastor, Junior Lawrence was seeking a divorce and allegedly paid Gayle thirty seven thousand dollars to secure a Decree Obsolute on his behalf.

Months later, Gayle reportedly gave Lawrence a document which he purported to be a Decree Obsolute.

Lawrence then got married to another woman thinking he was divorced.

However, he was later charged with bigamy after it was revealed that the document was fraudulent

An investigation was launched and Gayle was charged with fraud for giving Lawrence false divorce papers.