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March 16, 2013
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Attorney offered bail after two nights in jail

A popular Kingston-based attorney was offered bail in the sum $500,000 yesterday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court after spending two nights in jail for fraud.

Charged with multiple counts of fraudulent conversion and falsification of account is 48-year-old attorney-at-law Arlean Beckford of a Queen Hill address.

Beckford was arrested and charged by Fraud Squad detectives on Wednesday, March 13.

Yesterday, when the matter was called up in court, the police objected to bail. However, Senior Resident Magistrate (RM) Judith Pusey told the accused, "I am reluctantly offering you bail. Bear in mind you have other matters pending."

The court heard that Beckford allegedly defrauded two complainants in the current matter.

Allegations are that sometime in 2012, one of the complainants received the services of Beckford to make a cash sale on a property owned by Winston Rowe valued at $6.4 million.

The complainant reportedly gave the attorney $1.8 million and the property was to be assessed at $434,000. When the same was not done, a file was sent back to the accused.

Beckford could not account for how the funds were spent and a report was made by the complainant to the Fraud Squad.

As it relates to the second complaint, the complainant contacted Beckford to sell a property on his behalf.

The court was told that Beckford was instructed to convert the money received, and make payments to six accounts and the balance was to be given to a Georgia White.

Outstanding

The accused reportedly told the complainant that all accounts were paid in full, however, subsequent checks by the complainant revealed that $572,000 was still outstanding.

Several meetings and dialogues with Beckford turned up nothing and a report was made.

Defence attorney Miguel Lorne, who was apparently whispering, represented Beckford. RM Pusey said to Lorne, "I'm not hearing you, and I'm trying to read your lips, but I can't."

Lorne in his application for bail told RM Pusey that the first address given to the police was the truth. However, she had relocated.

Beckford was then offered bail in the sum of $500,000 with surety.

She is to return to court on April 24.

A fingerprint order was made and the accused told to surrender all travel documents with a stop order placed at all ports.

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