Sep 06, 2012 News
A 32-year-old, father of one who pretended to be a property owner was yesterday ordered to pay a $50,000 fine or alternatively serve 6 months in jail after he faced Magistrate Judy Latchman on a charge of obtaining money by false pretence.
Jermaine Henry admitted to collecting $150,000 down payment from Mila Salick under the pretext that he was the authority to rent her a house located at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara.
Police information indicates that on May 9, 2012, the virtual complainant contacted the defendant and told him that she was desirous of renting a house.
Henry told the woman that he was the power of attorney for a house located at Lot 38 Area Q Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara, and as such would rent her the premises for $350,000. They agreed, and the defendant collected $150,000 from the complainant as an advance for the property. However when the woman went to the property with the keys that she collected from Henry, she discovered that the house had been sold.
A report was lodged at the police station and Henry was later apprehended and charged. However, the virtual complainant stated that she did not wish for the matter to continue but wanted to be reimbursed the $150,000 which she was told had been lodged at the CID headquarters.
The Magistrate then made a ruling and asked the defendant if he had anything to say to the plaintiff. In response Henry stated that he was sorry for the inconvenience he caused and would not want such an incident to recur.
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