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Alleged St Andrew employment scammer in custody

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Sheldon Williams, Gleaner Writer



The police have taken into custody a man who has been implicated in a St Andrew-based employment scam.




They say the man, who operates under the names George Perez and Garcia Henriquez Perez was arrested on suspicion of fraud by detectives attached to the St Andrew Central Police Division, the Organized Crime Investigations Division, and the Criminal Investigations Branch in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday.



The Half-Way Tree police say lawmen were on an operation about 5 o' clock when a premises was searched and the man was arrested.



It is suspected that he operates a fictitious employment agency in the Corporate Area, which he used to swindle money from victims by telling them he was able to get jobs and visas in various countries overseas.



After funds are given to him, individuals would be unable to contact him.



On Monday several women complained to The Gleaner that when they turned up at premises along Ivy Green Crescent to find the offices of the registered business closed.



Meanwhile, the police say the con man was also arrested last year, shortly after the matter was brought to their attention.



He was out on bail but he absconded.



His true identity is being withheld pending further investigations.



The Half-Way Tree police are appealing to anyone who might have been a victim of this man’s scheme to contact them at 926-8184, The Half-Way Tree CIB 926-2551, or police 119.



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