Visa fraudster charged by police
A Kingston woman who reportedly collected $100,000 from four person to make visa applications to the US Embassy on their behalf has been slapped with fraud charges by the detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC).
Shereen Sawyers, 45, a call service agent of Water Street, Heroes Circle, Kingston, was charged on Monday with obtaining money by means of false pretense under the Larceny Act.
The police said that between June 2015 and February 2016, Sawyers purported to be a visa agent and allegedly gave the four confirmation codes for appointment.
"It was revealed that the appointments were fictitious. The four individuals contacted her and she promised to make a full refund which was not honoured," the police said.
The matter was reported to the Fraud Squad in March, resulting in Sawyers being arrested and charged with four counts of obtaining money by means of false pretense. She has been offered $60,000 bail and is to appear in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, March 23.