Jamaica Crime News, Kingston: Real Estate Attorney, Jennifer Messado, is back before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the third time this Friday, June 15, after she was again charged for allegedly defrauding dancehall artist Mavado of cash amounting to over $30 million.
It is alleged that Messado collected $30.7 million dollars from the entertainer through his Attorney Tamika Harris on behalf of a property owner who she said was in lockup overseas. It was later discovered that the landowner was not in lockup and he had no intention of selling the property.
It is also reported in court that Messado reimbursed a total of $7 million, but up to date, the rest is not forthcoming.
It was only a few days ago, that 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 is reported that, between August 2017 and January 2018, Messado pretended to be acting on behalf of landowners from several upscale communities across Kingston. It is further reported that she collected over $58 million for the sale of properties.
It is also alleged that, Messado contacted a well-known businessman stating 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.
She then allegedly persuaded 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 15, 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 are that, sometime in the regions of December 20, 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 J$232 million. The prospective buyers reportedly paid over cash to her totaling US$270,000. The landowner was informed of the agreement and reported the matter to the police.
By Henry Bucknor