Man Charged in Fake Work-Study Programme Racket

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Thirty three year old Andre Bowen of Port View, Kingston 20, has been charged by the Police Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime branch, CTOC with 10-counts of obtaining money by false pretense and fraudulent conversion.

It’s alleged that Bowen posed as an agent of an unregistered agency which recruited students for work and travel programmes in the United States.

The police say Bowen fleeced students of USD$15,000, or approximately $JMD2-million claiming the monies were for fees to help with their overseas job placement.

The students reported the matter to the Police after the jobs were not forthcoming and they could not get their money back.

Bowen was refused bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court and is to reappear on March 17.

Meanwhile a 47-year-old Air Condition Technician of Park Avenue, Havendale in St. Andrew, Chris Barrett, has been charged for fleecing nine persons of more than JMD$10-million.

The police say between February 2013 and September 2015, the complainants gave Barrett the monies to purchase motor vehicles on auction for them.

But after collecting the monies, Barrett gave several excuses for not being able to buy the vehicles.

Efforts by the complainants to contact him for a refund were unsuccessful.

Barrett is to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on March 17.

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