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Attorney Jennifer Messado charged with fraud, again

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prominent real estate attorney-at-law Jennifer Messado who is currently on bail, was today arrested and charged by detectives from Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for several breaches of the Forgery Act.

She is to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court tomorrow for mentioning in relation to the offences.

According to a release from the MOCA, several complaints were made to the agency "during April 2017 and January 2018."

Messado, purported to be acting on the behalf of land owners in several upscale communities across Kingston, collected over $58 million for the sale of these properties.

In this latest instance, MOCA said Messado produced documents including an incomplete and false Agreement of Sale and persuaded a prospective buyer to deposit money.

The complainant subsequently made checks about the property and was allegedly told by a representative of the property owner that Messado was not retained by them neither was the property being considered for sale.

Messado was then interviewed in the presence of her attorney and later charged for breaching the Forgery Act, MOCA reported.

Messado is currently on bail following allegations that she tried to sell properties owned by a church without the owner's consent.

The attorney was arrested in relation to the first offence on May 11 and charged with two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering forged documents, conspiracy to defraud causing money to be paid out by forged documents and money laundering.

However, further charges were brought against her in a separate fraud case when she was again arrested on May 25.

Those charges include uttering forged documents and attempting to obtain money by means of forged documents.

The well-known attorney was also hospitalised after she collapsed on May 29 following the surfacing of her legal troubles.

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