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March 28, 2014
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Woman on fraud rap remanded
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A woman whose true identify was the subject of debate throughout much of the proceedings was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The woman, who identified herself as Lisa Housen, is charged with conspiracy to defraud, uttering forged documents and forgery.

The Crown alleged that on the day in question, the accused used a fraudulent driver's licence, bearing the name Opal Ann-Marie Martin, to open a savings account at a popular Corporate Area credit union. It is believed that the accused later lodged a forged US$4,290 cheque into the savings account she had successfully opened.

fraudulent cheque

The court heard that employees at the credit union became suspicious of the woman's activities and called in members of the police Fraud Squad to investigate. Subsequently, the driver's licence and the cheque were both found to be fraudulent.

"Who is your client?" quizzed Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

The representing attorney revealed that her client is a cosmetologist who resides in Torrington Park, Kingston 5. She is willing to submit her travel documents to the court to confirm her identity.

In making attempts to ascertain the woman's true identity, the sitting magistrate requested the documents, including the cosmetology licence.

"If she don't pay the money at the tax office, she can't cream nobody hair. This is a question of identity, yu nuh? If she has that then I want to see them," RM Pusey said.

The sitting magistrate ordered the woman remanded until today, allowing time for the documents to be made available.

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