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June 5, 2014
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woman tricked in rent scam recovers money

After changing his plea from not guilty to guilty, Gallimore McDonald made a female complainant a happy woman after he returned her $50,000 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

McDonald who has been charged with obtaining money by means of false pretense is accused of collecting $50,000 from the complainant for a four-bedroom house that he was renting.

He is to return to court on June 13, for sentencing as Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey has requested his records.

It is alleged that the accused collected the funds from the complainant saying that he has a sick wife in the United States to attend to. However, the complainant told the court that the accused did not follow through on the promise and she was unable to get back her money.

"Your honour, numerous times I have been going to his house and trying to get back my money but to no avail. Your honour, I even met other people who said they were also tricked into di same trap," the complainant said.

Initially Gallimore pleaded not guilty, but when Senior Resident Magistrate Pusey asked the accused and his attorney if he wanted to waste court's time, the plea was changed.

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