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Couple on fraud charges get new date

Published:Saturday | November 15, 2014 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


A Westmoreland-based couple, who is before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on fraud charges, were given a new court date when the case came up for mention on Monday, as their attorney was not present for the hearing.

AndrĂˆ Poorman and Latesha Saunders from George's Plain in Westmoreland, are jointly charged with fraudulent conversion, obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud. Saunders had her bail extended, while Poorman was remanded.

In one of the cases against the couple, it is alleged that in August 2013, the duo, who claim they were the operators of a tour company, collected J$2 million from the complainant, who they had told they could secure buses for, to beef up his rapidly depleting fleet.

When the new buses were not forthcoming, the complainant made a police report. Poorman was subsequently arrested on August 28 and Saunders on September 24.

In another matter before the court, it is alleged that Poorman took $100,000 from a male complainant as an investment in a company he claimed he was affiliated with. The complainant later discovered he was duped and pressed charges against the defendant.

In Court on Monday, Saunders informed Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that the couple's attorney-at-law, Peter Champagnie, would not be present at court that day.

"He (Champagnie) is not going to be available today. He said he would be available on the 21st of this month," said Saunders.

"I will set this matter for November 21," said Tie. "Madam, your bail is extended until November 21, and sir, you will be brought back on that date.