Disbarred Attorney-at-law Arlean Beckford of Bounty Hall District, Trelawny was arrested and charged for Obtaining Money by Means of False Pretence by detectives from MOCA on Thursday April 11, 2019.
Allegations are that between March and April 2018 the complainant met and spoke with a woman only known to him as ‘Celina’ who stated that she was a Sales Clerk for Integrated Trade and Service Solutions Limited which is owned by Arlean Beckford. The complainant expressed his desire to purchase one of the houses that Celina had for sale. He was told by Celina that he would need to make a deposit of twenty percent (20%) of the total cost and he agreed.
A sum of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) was subsequently paid over to Celina by way of a manager’s cheque, to the account of Integrated Trade and Service Solutions Limited. However, the complainant became suspicious when he was unable to make contact with Celina months later.
The matter was then reported to MOCA and after further investigations; it was revealed that Arlean Beckford was before the court for a similar charge. She was contacted and a question and answer session held in the presence of her attorney during which, Beckford could not give a reasonable account of the money that was deposited in her business account. She was offered bail on condition when she appeared before the Trelawny Parish Court on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 to return on Monday, November 11, 2019.
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