Lorne pleads not guilty; gets March 13 court date

Saturday, March 07, 2015

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ATTORNEY Michael Lorne is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on March 13.


The mention date was scheduled yesterday after Lorne pleaded not guilty to forgery and fraudulent conversion. His bail was also extended by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey.


Lorne was arrested and charged on Wednesday by Fraud Squad investigators in relation to the sale of a house in east Kingston in 2011.


It is alleged that Lorne sold the house, which is jointly owned by two siblings, for $6 million and failed to hand over half of the money to one of the siblings.


But Lorne has insisted that he is innocent.


The attorney told the Jamaica Observer in a previous interview that he sold a plot of land on behalf of a brother and sister some time in 2010 or 2011, after their father died. He said that he sent the majority of the cash -- $3.5 million -- to the brother in England and offered to give $500,000 to the sister.


However, Lorne said that the sister demanded an equal share with her brother. The woman eventually reported the matter to the police.


Lorne said he has documentation to support his story and that the truth of his innocence will be proven in due course.


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