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Disbarred attorney among two men to face court

Published:Sunday | September 14, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Two men, including a disbarred attorney, are to face the court this week to answer charges of breaches of the Consumer Protection Act and fraudulent conversion.



They are 77-year-old Leeland Playfair of Vineyard Town in St Andrew and 44-year-old Aaron Smith, an operator of a car dealership on Hyslope Avenue in Kingston.



The two men were arrested by the Fraud Squad last week in separate incidents.



The police's Corporate Communications Unit reports that last Wednesday, a man was in the process of purchasing a property in St Catherine, when he retained the services of Playfair to represent his interest in the transaction. He reportedly paid Playfair J$225,000 to offset the deposit, but later found out that the accused had converted the funds for his own use. He was reimbursed J$125,000, but has not received the remaining portion.The complainant made a report to the Fraud Squad and Playfair was arrested and charged.



In the other case, Smith was arrested and charged last Tuesday following a report by a woman who alleged that he failed to reimburse her J$1.2 million for failing to deliver a car she had purchased from him. The woman reported that Smith was paid for the car in December 2013, but failed to turn over the vehicle to her or return the funds.



Smith, who was charged with failing to deliver on the contracted date under the Consumer Protection Act, will face the courts on Thursday, while Playfair will answer to charges of fraudulent conversion when he appears in court on Friday.



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