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December 28, 2013
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Woman remanded for conning man of $1.2 m

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A female who allegedly tricked a man out of $1.2 million was remanded when she appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Valentia Cousins, 35, of Old Harbour, St Catherine, is to reappear in court on January 14. Cousins, the court heard, also goes by the names Janice Cousins and Janice Cunningham.

When Cousins appeared before Resident Magistrate Natalee Brooks she pleaded not guilty to the charge of obtaining money by means of false pretence. Cousins attorney made an unsuccessful bail application.

Allegations are that the accused reportedly used a fictitious name to trick the complainant who lives abroad to send her money.

She reportedly did this after convincing him that she was in the construction business and could be in partnership with him.

The money was sent to her to buy a vehicle so they could work.

Photos of the vehicle were also allegedly sent to the complainant.

When the man arrived in the island he was not picked up as planned by the woman.

After calling and received different excuses,the man reported the matter to the police and an investigation launched.

She was picked up on December 15 at Gate Way Plaza in Old Harbour St Catherine.

The police were said to have gone to her house and found a number of receipts with the names of the accused and complainant.

Investigations by Detective Corporal Andre Smith resulted in her being charged.

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