Farm Work Scammer Remanded In Custody

Maxie Robinson was remanded in police custody when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday to answer to a fraud charge. Robinson is to return to court on June 4.

The 61-year-old driver from Weymouth Drive in Washington Gardens, Kingston, was charged with four counts of obtaining money by means of false pretense committed between May 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.

It is alleged that Robinson collected more than $100,000 and passports from four persons, telling them that he could get them on the Overseas Farm Worker Program in Canada.

Robinson pleaded guilty with an explanation on all four counts and drew the ire of Parish Judge Vaughn Smith when he said that he was following instructions from his mother.

The judge asked if he knew that he was not in a position to get any of the four complainants on a work program in Canada before taking their money Robinson said he was aware.

He was then asked why he took the money knowing very well that he was unable to do what he promised. Robinson shrugged his shoulders and said he had no reason.

The police say Robinson collected J$10,000 and a passport from Renai Facey, J$18,000 and USD$200 from Ian Walters along with his passport and 4 passport size pictures.

Elton Hare paid him J$44,000 and gave him his passport, so did Jodie Reid, who coughed up $J43, 000 and handed over four passport size photographs.

Robinson was positively identified by witness on an identification parade at Kingston Central Identification Unit and was formally charged on May 7, 2018.

 

Roxroy McLean

 

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