Disgraced Attorney-At-Law, Jennifer Messado appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on April 7, for a plea and case management hearing relating to the charge of defrauding Dancehall artiste Movado of $30.7 million.
At her hearing, Messado’s trial date was set for September 12 where she will be answering the charge of allegedly obtaining money by false pretence for a bogus real estate deal between herself and the entertainer in 2017.
An application was made by Movado’s Attorney-At-Law, Oswest Senior Smith, requesting that his client be granted permission to give testimony during the trial remotely via video link from the United States of America (USA). However, that matter is to be mentioned on May 5, for the court to decide.
Allegedly, in 2017, David Brooks o/c Movado made arrangements with Messado who advised him that she is acting on behalf of the owner who was incarcerated abroad to sell the Grosvenor Terrace, Kingston 8 upscale neighbourhood property.
The entertainer reportedly paid over a sum of $30.7 million to Messado to seal the deal, but soon found out that the property was not authorized for sale nor was the actual owner of the property aware of the transaction.
A report was subsequently made to the police and Messado was charged with obtaining money by false pretence. She has reportedly reimbursed Movado $7 million of the total amount paid to date.
Nonetheless, Messado has had several run-ins with the law for fraud-related charges, some of which are still awaiting processing in court.
In 2018, she was disbarred and investigators alleged that she used forged documents to sell multiple properties valued at millions of dollars.
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