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Couple on fraud charges to appear in court November 10

Published:Saturday | November 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:A Westmoreland couple who is facing multiple charges of fraud before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court, was told to return to court on November 10, after one of their matters was mentioned before Resident Magistrate (RM) Carolyn Tie on Monday.

André Poorman of a George's Plain address in Westmoreland is jointly charged with Latesha Saunders for fraudulent conversion, obtaining money by false pretence, and conspiracy to defraud. Saunders had her bail extended while Poorman was remanded.


Among the fraud cases, the couple has before the court allegations that Poorman approached a male complainant, Kenrick Chambers, and convinced him to pay J$100,000 to invest in a company, however, that promise was not forthcoming and the money was not returned.

In another case currently before the court, it is alleged that in August 2013, Poorman and Saunders, purporting to be operators of a tour company, approached the complainants and asked them to lease their buses to their purported bus fleet, and took J$2 million from them for the purpose of purchasing new buses for the supposed fleet.

"What is the position today?" RM Tie asked the defendants on Monday, referring to their plans to repay the money.

"I have only gotten commitment from one person, and he says it will not be until the first week of November ... he did not give me a date or a figure (sum of money to be given)," said Saunders.

The court was also informed that Poorman has secured the services of attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, who was not in court at that time. "I am going to set the matter for mention on November 10. Madam, your bail is extended until then," RM Tie told Saunders, while ordering that Poorman be taken back into custody

- C.T.