Real Estate Broker Charged Along With Attorney In Fraud Case

Investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) have pressed charges against a second suspect in the fraud case involving real estate attorney, Jennifer Messado.

The woman, Beverly Barakat, a real estate broker, was charged with conspiracy to defraud, forgery and operating a real estate brokerage firm without a license on Monday, May 14.

Barakat was picked up on Sunday after a probe by the police revealed that she allegedly conspired with Messado to transfer a property illegally.

Messado was arrested and subsequently charged last Friday with uttering forged documents, forgery, conspiracy to defraud, causing money to be paid out by a forged document, and money laundering by CTOC investigators.

Both Barakat and Messado are expected to make their first court appearance before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

According to investigators, on December 20, 2017, the accused attorney prepared a sales agreement for two parcels of land without the knowledge and consent of the owner.

It is alleged that Messado forged the signature of the trustee, along with the stamp and letterhead of the owner of the properties to facilitate the fraudulent transaction. She then allegedly collected US$270,000 as down payment from the prospective purchaser.

The properties were reportedly put on sale for $232 million or US$1.8 million.


Ansray Thomas




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