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March 17, 2014
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Couple on fraud rap case deferred
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A Westmoreland couple accused of conning two bus drivers out of $2 million last August had their case deferred to March 25 in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday.

André Poorman from George's Plain is jointly charged with Latesha Saunders for fraudulent conversion, obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud. Saunders had her bail extended, after she asked the court for more time to repay the defrauded money, while Poorman was remanded.

Allegations are that sometime in August 2013, Poorman and Saunders, while purporting to be the operators of a tour company, asked the two complainants to lease their buses to their purported bus fleet. The two accused informed the complainants that they needed to sell their buses and buy new ones, and $2 million was collected from them for this purpose.

When the new buses were not forthcoming, the complainants made a police report. Poorman was subsequently arrested on August 28, while Saunders was held on September 24.

Saunders told Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that an arrangement she had previously made to get money, in order to repay the complainants, had fallen through.

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