Jamaica Observer / EMBATTLED real estate attorney Jennifer Messado is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today on a new set of fraud charges in relation to the alleged unauthorised sale of properties, amounting to $58 million. Messado, who is already charged in two separate fraud matters, was yesterday re-arrested by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and charged for several breaches of the Forgery Act.
“Complaints made by several notable members of society to MOCA are that during April 2017 and January 2018 Messado, purported to be acting on the behalf of land owners in several upscale communities across Kingston, collected over $58,000,000 for the sale of these properties,” MOCA said in a release yesterday.
It is also alleged that Messado initiated contact with a well-placed businessman and stated that she was authorised to act on behalf of Sports Development Foundation (SDF) in the sale of several premises located in the Kingston 5 area.
Messado, according to MOCA, allegedly produced documents, including an incomplete and false agreement of sale, and persuaded the buyer to deposit money in the absence of a signed sales agreement.
The complainant reportedly went and made checks about the property and was informed by a representative from SDF that Messado was not retained by the company nor was the property being considered for sale.
The lawyer was subsequently was interviewed in the presence of her attorney and later charged for breaching the Forgery Act.
Meanwhile, she is to appear in court on June 15 on charges of uttering forged documents and attempting to obtain money by means of forged documents. In that case, it is alleged that she visited a prominent financial institution in the Corporate Area where she tendered a signed letter to the manager of the institution with the signatures of two people.
The letter reportedly had certain instructions allowing her to conduct business on behalf of the complainants. However, it was reportedly discovered that neither complainant gave her permission to conduct business on their behalf.
In the first case where she is accused of attempting to sell a church property without the owner’s consent after collecting US$270,000, she is to return to court on July 3 on two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering forged documents, conspiracy to defraud, causing money to be paid out by forged document, and money laundering.
Messado’s co-accused, Beverley Bakarrat is also facing a charge of conspiracy to defraud.