More Fraud Charges Laid Against Popular Real Estate Attorney Jennifer Messado

Jamaica Crime News, Kingston: Our news team has learnt that, Real Estate Attorney, Jennifer Messado, was dragged before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, June 13, to answer to additional fraud charges which were recently laid against her.

It was reported that a few days ago, the embattled Real Estate Attorney was questioned by a team attached to the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Branch, in relations to several other complaints where she allegedly carried out fraudulent transactions.

It was reported that, between August 2017 and January 2018, Messado pretended to be acting on behalf of landowners from several upscale communities across Kingston. It was further reported that, she collected over $58 million for the sale of properties.

Popular Real Estate Attorney and Co-Accused Facing Fraud Charges Granted Bail

It was also alleged that Messado contacted a well-known businessman stating that she was authorized to act on behalf of the Sports Development Foundation in the sale of several premises located in Kingston. She allegedly produced documents which included bogus false sales contract.

It was reported that she allegedly persuade the businessman to deposit money towards the false contract. Following investigations, it was discovered that she was not authorized to transact land sales on the behalf of the Sports Development Foundation and the matter was reported to the fraud squad.

Messado and a co-accused who are facing similar charges are presently out on bail.  On Tuesday, May 15th Messado and her co-accused Beverly Barakat were both granted bail when they appeared in the   St Andrew parish Court. Messado was granted bail in the sum of $800,000 and she was ordered to surrender her travelling documents and to report to the Constant Spring police station daily.

Barakat was granted bail in the sum of $50,000 with one surety.

In the first incident, Investigators attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Unit (CTOC) arrested Messado and Barakat after they were discovered to be involved in fraudulent transaction over the sales of pieces of land which were not owned by them

She was on Friday, May 11, charged with two counts of uttering forged documents, four counts of forgery and causing money to be paid out by forged document and money laundering.

Reports by the investigators were that, sometimes in the regions of December 20th, 2017, Messado allegedly prepared an agreement of sales for two pieces of land which are not owned by her.

Investigators further stated that the Attorney prepared the document without the knowledge of the real landowner. She also forged the Letter Head and Stamp of the legal landowner in order to carry out the illegal transaction.

Messado reportedly put up the two pieces of land for sale at a cost of JA $ 232 million.  The prospective buyers reportedly paid over cash to her totaling at US$ 270,000. The landowner was informed of the agreement and reported the matter to the police.

 

By Henry Bucknor 

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