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Couple on fraud charge gets until Oct 27 to repay funds

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:A Westmoreland couple who reportedly conned two bus drivers out of $2 million last year, had their case deferred to October 27, after the male accused requested extra time to repay the money, when they appeared in court on Monday.

André Poorman, who is from George's Plain in Westmore-land, is jointly charged with Latesha Saunders before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for fraudulent conversion, obtaining money by false pretence, and conspiracy to defraud. Poorman was remanded in police custody while Saunders had her bail extended.

It is alleged that sometime in August 2013, Poorman and Saunders, while purporting to be the operators of a tour company, approached the two complainants and asked them to lease their buses to their purported bus fleet. The two accused informed the complainants that they needed to sell their buses and buy new ones, and $2 million was collected from them for this purpose.

When the new buses were not forthcoming, the two complainants made a police report. Poorman was subsequently arrested on August 28, 2013, while Saunders was held on September 24, 2013.

requesting more time

"What is the position today, sir?" Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie asked Poorman, concerning repayment of the money, when the matter was called up on Monday.

"I am requesting a little more time, due to the complication of my situation of being in custody," said Poorman.

"How much time do you need?" asked RM Tie.

"Two weeks," Poorman answered.

The case was subsequently set for mention on October 27, and Poorman was remanded in custody while Saunders had her bail extended.