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July 18, 2014
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Bail extended for contractor
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A St James man who is accused of stealing approximately $3 million that had been given to him to purchase a house had his bail extended when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's (RM) Court yesterday.

Forty-eight-year-old contractor Owen Allen of Barrett Hall in St James is charged with fraudulent conversion. He had his case set for mention on August 5 to allow him time to repay a portion of the money.

It is alleged that the female complainant, who was previously residing overseas, sent funds for Allen to buy a house for her. however, on her arrival in Jamaica, the complainant discovered that the house had not been bought and Allen had reportedly used the money for himself. A report was made to the police and Allen was subsequently arrested and charged.

"Is the file in a state of readiness?" RM Carolyn Tie asked clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm when the case was mentioned yesterday.

"No, your honour, we are anticipating restitution in this matter ... the complainant is here with her bag to collect J$1 million," said Malcolm, drawing a few subdued chuckles from the courtroom.

However, Allen's attorney Dalton Reid said that while his client had no money on hand, the defendant was expecting some funds to come in for him to repay the complainant.

"Based on what my client has told me, it is going to be next weekend before he gets the money. He anticipates $700,000," said attorney Reid.

The court was also told that several documents including copies of receipts of transactions between the complainant and the defendant had not yet been submitted for the file to be completed.

"The paperwork in this matter is not ready, so it cannot be heard today. The next date is August 5. sir, your bail is extended until then," said RM Tie before allowing Allen to leave the courtroom.

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