Three on fraud charge to return to court
A man accused of scamming a woman and her daughters out of more than $800,000 while pretending to be a Haitian obeah man, had his bail extended when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court recently.
Eye brows were raised in the courtroom when it was heard that 53-year-old Norman Titus, also known as Reds, of Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, allegedly committed the act while in prison.
He is charged with obtaining money by means of false pretense and his two co-accused, Yvonne Roberts and Latoya Titus, are charged with conspiracy to defraud and aiding and abetting.
Allegations are that sometime in 2011, the complainant received a call from the accused, who introduced himself as a Haitian businessman. The two became friends after conversing on the phone over a period of time.
It is reported that the accused man tricked the woman and her daughters into believing they were possessed by evil spirits. Over a two-year period, he allegedly instructed them to pay him $800,000 to ward off the evil spirits. He also instructed them to complete various rituals to ward off the spirits.
The woman and her daughters were told to send the money to the accounts of the two co-accused.
The women did as they were instructed, but when nothing happened, they demanded back their money.
The matter was later reported to the police when the money was not returned.
Police carried out an operation on August 28, 2015 and all three implicated in the matter were charged. They are out on bail and are to return to court on November 13 when the matter will be mentioned again.