Guard accused of scamming job seekers remanded

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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A security guard who is accused of defrauding four job seekers of $15,000 each in an overseas job scam was remanded when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday.

The accused, 34-year-old Dane Halsan of Harbour View in Kingston, was remanded on four counts of obtaining money by false pretence after his lawyer, Sheldon Campbell, scheduled a bail application for October 1.

Allegations are that Halsan, who was posted at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on North Street in downtown Kingston, between July and August 2018 collected a total of $60,000 from four complainants by falsely pretending that he was in a position to assist them in gaining employment in the overseas work programme.

When he could not deliver he was reported to the police and arrested on September 10. He was pointed out in an identification parade and subsequently charged.
However, his lawyer is contending that he is innocent.

Campbell told Parish Judge Vaughn Smith that his client had collected the money on the instruction of an employee at the ministry.

— Tanesha Mundle

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