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Top real estate lawyer charged for several fraud related offences
The attorney-at-law who was arrested on Friday by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) in connection with a fraud investigation, has been charged.
Police report that the woman identified as Jennifer Messado was charged with forgery, uttering false document, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fitz Bailey, who heads C-TOC, confirmed that Messado was taken into custody in relation to an investigation of the fraudulent attempt at the sale of a property on Waterloo Road in St Andrew.
The police confirmed that Messado was arrested in connection with a fraud-related investigation. shewas taken into custody on Friday.
According to investigators on December 20, 2017, the accused prepared an Agreement of Sales for two parcel of land without the knowledge and consent of the owner.
It is alleged that Messado forged the signature of the trustee, stamp and letter head of the owner of the properties to facilitate the fictitious transaction and collected 270, 000 USD as down payment for the prospective purchaser.
These properties were put to sale for 232 million JMD or 1.8 million USD dollars.
Messado, is to spend at least the next few days behind bars, as the police revealed on Sunday morning that she will be in custody until Tuesday, when she is scheduled to make her first court appearance on fraud-related charges that have been laid against her.
Messado, who was arrested in the Constant Spring area of St Andrew, has been charged with four counts of forgery, two counts of uttering forged documents, conspiracy to defraud, causing money to be paid out by forged document, and money laundering.