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St Andrew employment scam, business owner flees with fees

Published:Monday | February 24, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer



The Cross Roads Police this morning advised more than ten women, who were fleeced out of several thousand dollars in an employment scam, to make a report to the station immediately.




The women, who turned up at premises along Ivy Green Crescent in the Corporate Area, are demanding that the money they paid to a man, who purports to be a medical doctor, be refunded.



Those who turned up to attend work discovered the offices of the registered business closed.



They stated that the man, who was before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on another employment-related scam last year, swindled them out of money he claimed would be used to purchase uniforms, identification cards and company cell phones.



"He tells people to pay $5,000 for employee uniforms. He said I was to go to Bryan's Studio to take an ID picture. I did a test Friday gone. Work was supposed to begin March 3," said a woman who took the bait.



A former senior employee, who was involved in an altercation with the fraudster, resulting in his motor vehicle being damaged, said he noticed several oddities while there for the three to four weeks he had been employed.



"Everything accounting he does. There is a book that persons sign when they come in to work; in the morning when he comes he rips out a page.



"Why would he do that? Things entered on the computer; the next day we come they are erased," the man said.



At the premises several of the women presented receipts showing amounts they paid.



A wedding invitation dated last Sunday was also shown, advising of the reported swindler's plans to wed.



Head of the Fraud Squad Senior Superintendent Anthony McLaughlin stated that the matter is now with the Organised Crime Division who probed the original matter which led to the fraudster's arrest and arraignment.



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