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May 14, 2014
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Accused swindler remanded
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A woman accused of swindling two female complainants for more than $500,000, after promising them United States visas, was remanded when she appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The accused, Ermin McLavern, pleaded guilty to obtaining money by false pretence.

The Crown alleged that McLavern promised to secure a visa for one of the female complainants, collecting $395,000 from her. Making the same promise to the other female complainant in the matter, McLavern reportedly collected an additional sum of $270,000.

visa link

Both female complainants subsequently made reports to lawmen.

"She say she did have a visa link," one complainant explained to Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

"The two of you, don't even say a word in my court. Because she don't look like the United States Embassy to me. The United States Embassy is up at Hope Road. So if the two of unu want to give her your quarter million dollars to spend it off, don't come in here and complain." RM Pusey chided.

Subsequently, the sitting magistrate ordered the accused remanded in custody until June 2 pending trial.

"Come back on the 2nd of June, see if unu can get back some of unu money," the sitting magistrate said to both complainants as they made their way outside the courtroom.

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