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July 30, 2014
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Man on fraud charge pleads not guilty

Thirty-two-year-old businessman Thakur Rajesh, of a Kingston 8 address, pleaded not guilty to obtaining money by false pretence when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

It is alleged that in January, 2013, the accused convinced the complainant that he was in a position to import a motor vehicle from overseas on his behalf. The complainant paid over $103,000 for the vehicle to be shipped to Jamaica.

The accused reportedly wrote a receipt, which he handed to the complainant. When the time for the vehicle to be delivered had passed and the complainant was not contacted by Rajesh, he made a report to the Fraud Squad.

A heavily accented Rajesh told the court, however, that he was willing to repay the money although he was not responsible for its theft.

"Money is here outside to pay back. someone from my company took the money from him (the complainant) and ran away. the police hold on me. I am willing to pay it back to be done with this case."

Rajesh was remanded in custody and is to reappear in court on July 30 when the complainant is expected to be present.

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