Published On: Thu, Mar 17th, 2016

Fake overseas employment agency busted in Jamaica

handcuffsKINGSTON - A 33-year-old man in Jamaica has been charged with 10 counts of fraud after allegedly cheating students out of US$15,000, claiming he was getting jobs for them overseas.

Andre Bowen is expected to answer the charges of obtaining money by false pretense, as well as fraudulent conversion, in court today.

It’s alleged that while employed by a legitimate agency for recruiting students for work and travel programmes in the United States, he posed as an agent of an unregistered agency and fleeced students of the money.

Bowen had claimed that the monies he was collecting were the required fees for him to secure jobs for them overseas.

A report was made to the Fraud Squad of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigations Branch when the students discovered that no jobs awaited them. Bowen was subsequently charged.


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