Three years jail for fraudster
A 24-year-old man was on Thursday sentenced to three years jail by Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan after pleading guilty to charges of obtaining money by false pretense.
Jermain Fraser or Lamaha Springs, Georgetown pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on April 26, 2018, at Georgetown, he obtained the sum of $400,000 from Baldeo Puran by falsely pretending that he was in a position to acquire a Toyota 212 motorcar knowing same to be false.
He also pleaded guilty to obtaining $300,000 from Ashmi Singh on May 4, 2018, at Laparkan, Lombard Street by falsely pretending that he was in a position to acquire a motorbus knowing same to false.
The young man also admitted that on June 29, 2018, at Charlotte Street, Lacytown, he obtained the $200,000 from Floyde LaFleur by falsely pretending that he was in a position to acquire a minibus.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of obtaining $1.4M from Damion Persaud for a car on July 31, 2018.
The Chief Magistrate sentenced Fraser to three years jail each on the charges which will run concurrently.
He is expected to re-appear in court on August 31 for the offence he pleaded not guilty to.
According to reports, Fraser used Facebook to advertise vehicles he claimed to have on sale and asked his clients to make huge down payments. He would collect the cash and the victims would fail to meet or make contact with him again.