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February 26, 2014
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Man accused of promising jobs, swindling cash
Chad Bryan, Star Writer

Persons outside the offices of the company they claimed had taken their monies in an exployment scam, talk with police yesterday. - Errol Crosby

More than 10 persons turned up Monday morning at premises in St Andrew, demanding the return of money paid to a man, who claimed he could secure employment for them.

A number of other persons also 'turned up for work'.

The man, before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on another employment-related scam, is accused of fleecing people of thousands of dollars, claiming money they paid would have provided them a company phone, uniforms, training and identification cards.

"He tells people to pay $5,000 for employee uniforms. He said I was to take an ID picture. I did a test, Friday gone. Work was supposed to begin March 3," a woman revealed. She paid $2,000.

Another 'employee', who worked in a senior position, noticed a number of oddities at the workplace.

"Everything accounting he does. There is a book that persons sign when they come in to work. in the morning when he comes, he rips out a page. Things entered on the computer, the next day we come they are erased," said the former employee.

The offices were closed and a number of persons with receipts, bearing the amounts they had paid, as well as brochures with cell numbers that went to voicemail when called, were presented.

Police instructed persons to lodge reports at the Cross Roads police.

Head of the Fraud Squad, Senior Superintendent Anthony McLaughlin, said the matter is now with the Organised Crime Investigative Division, which probed the original matter which led to the man's arrest.

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