Jennifer Messado Granted $5 Million Bail

Embattled lawyer Jennifer Messado has been granted bail.

She was offered bail in the sum of $5 million when she appeared before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith Wednesday in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

The prominent attorney-at-law is being accused of defrauding dancehall entertainer Mavado of just over J$30 million. The disclosure was made by the Clerk of Court Hansard Lawson about fresh fraud-related charges linked to the sale of several properties in St Andrew.

Messado’s attorney Christopher Townsend revealed, too, that she was arrested yesterday on a fourth set of fraud-related offences and is to appear in court on Friday in relation to those charges.

Lawson strongly opposed bail claiming that, among other things, she has been in contact with one of the complainants in the case and has been moving around money in her bank account related to other complainants.

Lawson further stated that Mavado told the police that he was introduced to a property in Kingston in April 2017. He said the entertainer, whose real name is David Brooks, began making arrangements to purchase the property through his attorney, Tamika Harris.

Lawson told the judge that Mavado paid $30.7 million for the property and signed a sale agreement and document giving him possession. It was later discovered that the property was not for sale. Messado is said to have reimbursed the entertainer $7 million.

The other complainants in the case for which Messado appeared in court today are St Andrew businessman Norman Horne and his sister, Charlottte.

Horne, Lawson said, was allegedly defrauded $28 million which was to pay Messado for a property located on Argyle Road in St Andrew.

It was later discovered that the property is owned by the Sports Development Foundation and is not for sale.

Messado, who sat silently the prisoner’s dock during Wednesday’s proceedings, is to return to court on July 3.

Until then, she is to report to the Constant Spring Police every day between 6am and 6pm. A stop order has also been placed on her as a condition of bail.


Roxroy McLean

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