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

Jamaica Crime News, St Andrew:  On Tuesday, May 15, popular Real Estate Attorney Jennifer 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. She was ordered to surrender her traveling documents and to report to the Constant Spring police station daily. Barakat was granted bail in the sum of $50,000 with one surety.

During the course of the weekend, Investigators attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Unit  (CTOC)  laid criminal charges against Messado and Barakat after they were discovered to be involved in fraudulent transaction over the sales of land which were not owned by them.

Jennifer Messado 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 are that, sometime in the regions of December 20, 2017, the accused Real Estate Attorney allegedly prepared an agreement of sales for two pieces of land which is not owned by her.

The 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.

The accused 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 US$270,000.

The landowner was informed of the agreement and report the matter to the police.  Following an investigation, Ms. Messado was arrested and charged on Friday.


By Henry Bucknor   

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