Jamaica Crime News, Montego Bay: St. James Parish Judge Sandria Wong-Small on Wednesday granted $1 million bail to alleged quack doctor England McCrane – also known as Patrice England – who reportedly duped a Montego Bay businessman out of nearly US$20,000.
McCrane, who is also believed to have duped several persons out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, is facing charges of obtaining money by false pretences, uttering a forged document and breaching the Medical Act.
The defendant has been in custody for the past three months, and on previous occasions, bail was denied to her on the grounds that there were issues surrounding her true identity. She was also considered a potential flight risk.
On Wednesday during his bail application, McCrane’s lawyer Martyn Thomas informed the court that her birth certificate was attached to a deed poll that was in the police’s possession. The deed poll is a legal document that proves a change of name and the document revealed that her real name is England McCrane.
Subsequently, bail was offered to her in the sum of $1 million with reporting conditions attached. Judge Wong-Small also imposed a curfew order between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., and a stop order is to be placed at all ports.
Subsequently, the matter was set for further mention on October 10.
In June 2017, McCrane allegedly introduced herself to a Montego Bay businessman as a doctor in training and indicated to him that she was expecting a settlement of US$5.9 million in a wrongly death claim that involved one of her siblings. It is further alleged that she asked the businessman to assist her with investment ideas and he subsequently paid out to her a total of US$19,243 in loans and to cover her medical expenses.
The complainant conducted his own investigation and found out that the accused woman had conned him.
The police were alerted, and an investigation was launched which led to McCrane’s arrest.