Woman Before Court For Divorce Fraud

Jamaica News: A woman who passed off herself as an attorney-at-law and swindled three persons out of a quantity of money with a view to providing them with divorce papers from the Supreme Court is waiting to be sentenced.

Sandra Brown, who is of a St. James address made a brief appearance before presiding judge Kaysha Grant at the St. James Parish Court on Monday to answer to charges of forgery, uttering a forged document and obtaining money by forged document.

Court documents revealed that on three separate occasions, in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Brown passed off herself as an attorney-at-law to the three complainants and collected monies from them to procure divorce documents from the Supreme Court. She subsequently provided them with what is believed to be Decree Absolute certificates.

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In 2016, when one of the complainants was trying to migrate, she presented the document to Foreign Affairs to facilitate her migration process, but it was discovered that the Decree Absolute was fraudulent.

In respect of the second complainant, the scam came to light after the woman went to the National Housing Trust to conduct certain business and was asked to present her divorce papers.

The court did not disclose how the matter in respect of the third complainant came to light.

During the court sitting on Monday, it was told to the court that the matter in relation to the 2016 incident was ready for trial. However, the investigating officer is having some challenges in locating that complainant.

A further mention date was set for September 9 to give the investigating enough time to locate the complainant, and Brown’s bail was extended.

She is represented by attorney-at-law Tamika Spencer-Anderson.

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