More Legal Pressure Mounting on Jennifer Messado

Accused fraudster and real estate lawyer, Jennifer Messado, is accused of defrauding three complainants including two prominent Jamaicans of almost $60-million.

This was revealed today in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court in Half Way Tree.

Messado appeared in court on new charges related to the three complainants.

The three are: businessman and PNP politician, Norman Horne and his sister, Charlotte Horne-Hayles and dancehall entertainer, Mavado.

Messado was hit with the new charges yesterday by the Major Organized Crime and Anti Corruption Agency, MOCA.

The latest complaints bring to four the number of cases in which criminal charges have been laid on Messado.

Jennifer Messado’s legal problems are mounting. The new charges are in connection with two separate cases.

In the matter regarding the Hornes, the court was told that Messado falsely pretended she had authority to sell a property on Argyle Road in St. Andrew.

This was revealed by the Clerk of Court, Hansurd Lawson. The Argyle Road property is owned by the Sports Development Foundation, SDF.

Mr. Lawson told the court, Messado prepared forged documents, professing that she was retained by the Foundation to conduct the sale arrangements.

The Horne’s allegedly paid Messado more than $28-million for the property. It was later discovered, last month, that the property was not up for sale.

In the other matter, dancehall star, Mavado, was introduced to a property that was up for sale in the upscale St. Andrew suburb of Grosvenor Terrace in St. Andrew, April last year.

Mr. Lawson told the court, Mavado began the process to purchase the property through his attorney, Tamika Harris.

The Clerk of Court says Messado told Mavado she was overseeing the sale because the property owner was incarcerated overseas.

Mr.Lawson says $30.7-million was paid to Messado for the property. He says a sales agreement was among the documents signed by Mavado giving him possession of the property.

But it was later discovered that the property was not up for sale.

Mr. Lawson revealed that the landowner did not hire Messado to conduct any transaction, did not know Messado and was never incarcerated overseas.

This he says led Mavado to ask that his money be returned.

The Clerk of Court says Messado returned only $7-million of the almost $31-million she took from Mavado. The remaining $23.7 million is still outstanding.

Mr. Lawson says the matter was reported to the police after Mavado made several attempts to get the balance.

No evidence was presented today to indicate that Messado has paid back the Horne’s. Messado was granted bail in the sum of $5-million.

Parish Judge, Vaughn Smith, granted her bail despite strong opposition from Clerk of the Court, Hansurd Lawson.

Mr. Lawson argued that Messado was a flight risk. He also said she’d been in contact with one of the complainants.

Mr. Lawson accused Messado of moving around money in her bank account relating to other properties. He says Messado ‘was basically interfering with the investigations.

Mr. Lawson also said there more than nine other cases are expected to be brought against the real estate attorney.

On the point of the accused being a flight risk, the Parish Judge told Mr. Lawson that Messado’s travel documents were already seized. However, Mr. Lawson replied saying Jamaica’s borders were porous.

Messado was granted bail with similar conditions as her previous cases. She’s to report daily to the Constant Spring Police station in St. Andrew between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm.

A curfew order has also been imposed. She’s to be at her place of residence between 7 pm and 6 am.

A stop order has also been placed on her at all ports of exit.

Messado is scheduled to appear before the courts again for these two cases on July 3.


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