Montego Bay, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Canadian Job Scammer Makes Restitution: A St. James woman, who is alleged to have accepted over $400,000 from a number of persons after promising them overseas employment which never materialized, has been making restitution payment.
Sandana McKenzie-Smith, 38, of a Granville address, is facing a charge of obtaining money by means of false pretence.
When the matter was mentioned in the St. Jams Parish Court on Thursday, July 13, defence attorney Morrel Beckford told Parish Judge Sandria Wong-Small that his client has been making effort to pay back the complainants.
“She has been making payments and will continue the process,” said Beckford.
During the proceedings, the accused woman handed over a sum of $7,500 to one of the complainants and that was the final payment for that complainant. The defendant also completed payment to a couple in the sum of $68,400 and a final payment of $34,000 to a fourth complainant.
After the monies were handed over, the complainants were asked to sign as proof of receipt of payment. The judge subsequently set the matter for mention again on August 29 when Smith-McKenzie will continue to make restitution payment to the remaining complainants. Her bail was extended.
It is alleged that McKenzie-Smith entered into an agreement with the complainants to place them in jobs in Canada and monies amounting to over $400,000 were handed over to the accused woman.
A period elapsed and nothing was forthcoming which prompted the complainants to report the matter to the police. Hence the defendant was arrested and charged.