Jamaica Crime News, Montego Bay: A St. James Parish Judge on Monday remanded an alleged fake doctor in police custody after she allegedly conned a Montego Bay businessman and defrauded him out of nearly US$20,000.
Alicia England, who allegedly goes by the names ‘England McCrane, and ‘Dr McCrane’, is also believed to have fleeced several unsuspecting persons out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
She is facing charges of obtaining money by false pretences, uttering a forged document and breaching the Medical Act.
On Monday, England’s attorney, Martyn Thomas argued that his client has been in custody for a long time and made a bail application on her behalf.
But the prosecution opposed bail saying she was a flight risk and suggested that the earliest possible date for trial could be the end of September.
However, Thomas argued that his client ought not to be arrested on a statement given by the complainant, and then being investigated while she is in custody.
But presiding judge Sandra Wong Small suggested to Thomas that that was not the case.
But Thomas argued that that must be the case.
“The prosecution does not have enough to mount a challenge or mount a successful prosecution at this stage and cannot say when they will be in a position to do,” the attorney said.
No decision was made as it relates to bail, and the judge set the matter for further mention on Wednesday, June 26 when the accused woman will know whether she will be given bail.
England found herself before the St. James Parish Court as a result of an incident in June 2017. It is alleged that she introduced herself to a Montego Bay businessman as Doctor England McCrane – a medical doctor in training – then fleeced him out of US$ US$19,243, after informing him she was expecting a settlement of US$5.9 million in a wrongly death claim that involved one of her siblings, and after asking him to assist in investment ideas.