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Bail extended for fraudster - Man pretended to be lawyer, scams woman seeking divorce

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2013 | 8:00 AM

The court has rejected an offer of restitution made by a man who pretended to be a lawyer and allegedly collected money from a woman seeking a divorce.



The man is 44-year-old Octavius Forbes of Spanish Town, St Catherine.



When the matter was mentioned before Resident Magistrate Lyle Armstrong, Forbes offered to pay back the money but his request was denied.



Bail was then extended until November 1 when the trial is expected to start.



It's alleged that in February Forbes approached the complainant at the Registrar General’s Department.



He reportedly collected 50 thousand dollars from the woman after convincing her that he could get her marriage annulled.



Forbes later gave the woman a forged Decree Absolute.



The woman later called the Supreme Court and was told that the number on the document was registered to someone else.



A report was made to the police and an investigation revealed that the document was forged.



Forbes was later charged with obtaining money by means of false pretense, possession of and uttering forged documents.



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