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April 11, 2014
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Couple gets extra time to repay swindled cash

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A Westmoreland couple, accused of conning two bus drivers out of $2 million last August was given extra time to repay when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

André Poorman, from George's Plain, Westmoreland, is jointly charged with Latesha Saunders for fraudulent conversion, obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud.

Saunders had her bail extended after informing Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that she had only secured a portion of the money to be repaid. Poorman was remanded.

It is alleged that, in August 2013, Poorman and Saunders, purporting to be operators of a tour company, approached the complainants and asked them to lease their buses to their purported bus fleet.

They 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 arrested on August 28. Saunders was held on September 24.

"Has the money now come through?" RM Tie asked Saunders.

"Some of it, I got $10,000 and the rest of it is to be settled by next Friday," Saunders replied.

"What I will do is give you extra time. I will set it for mention on April 22. your bail is extended until then," said RM Tie.

"You will be brought back on that day, Sir," she told Poorman.

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