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March 14, 2014
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Bail extended for accused fraudster - Allegedly swindles $3m in house scam

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man, accused of stealing approximately J$3 million that he was given to purchase a house, had his bail extended in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Forty-eight-year-old contractor Owen Allen, of Barrett Hall, is charged with fraudulent conversion. His case was set for mention on April 15, to allow him time to repay the money.

It is alleged that the female complainant, who previously resided overseas, sent funds for Allen to buy a house for her. however, on her arrival in Jamaica, the complainant discovered that the house had not been bought.

A report was made to the police and Allen arrested and charged. However, the court was not told when the money had been sent to the defendant, or when he was arrested.

Allen's attorney, Dalton Reid, asked presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie to defer the case to April, as he was in discussions with his client with the aim of repaying the money to the complainant.

"My client did some work on behalf of the complainant. She sent money, and he did certain things and he has receipts, and he had asked her to do certain things," Reid said.

"I have advised him that the money should be returned."

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