Security guard takes $950,000 from colleague for obeah work
A self-proclaimed spiritualist, who received almost $1M, to relieve a woman of her illnesses was yesterday placed on $125,000 bail when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine- Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The woman, 50-year-old Jaclyn Porter of 504 West Ruimveldt, was charged for reportedly defrauding the complainant, Ilene Croft of over $950,000, although she knew that she was in no position to cure the woman of her ailments.
Porter was alleged to have taken the money between September 1, 2011 to July 24, 2012.
Her victim informed the court that she was willing to give evidence in the matter.
The defendant, who was initially placed on bail to the tune of $250,000, became tearful when she pleaded with the court for a reduction. She asked the court for a $60,000 bail but this was refused.
The matter will be called again on August 22 in Court 3.
It was disclosed that the victim and the defendant worked as security guards at the same establishment.
According to the information received, the victim had confided in the defendant about ailments she was facing.
The defendant reportedly told the victim that persons at their work place were “working” on her and she, (the defendant) could cure the woman of her “bad vibes”.
The victim was asked to pay fees over a period of time which would go towards the purchase of medicines and other items necessary to perform the spiritual works.
The victim, however, decided later that nothing had changed with her and thus felt that the defendant was defrauding her. A report was made to the Brickdam Police Station and the alleged spiritualist was arrested and charged for fraud.