Prominent attorney Jennifer Messado has been slapped with a slew of charges in connection with a land deal that police say involved forgery and money laundering. She is in police custody.
Messado, well known in the real estate sector was arrested Friday, May 11 by investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC).
According to a release issued by the information arm of the police, “on December 20, 2017, the accused prepared an Agreement of Sales for two parcels of land without the knowledge and consent of the owner. It is alleged that Messado forged the signature of the trustee, stamp and letter head of the owner of the properties to facilitate the fictitious transaction and collected US$270, 000 (J$34 million equivalent) as down payment for the prospective purchaser.
These properties were put to sale for J$232 million or US$1.8 million.