Man remanded in student travel programme scam

Monday, March 14, 2016

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Thirty-three-year-old Andre Bowen of Port View, Kingston 20 has been charged with ten counts of obtaining money by false pretence and fraudulent conversion.
Allegations are that while employed to a legitimate agency for recruiting students for work and travel programmes in the United States, Bowen posed as an agent of an unregistered agency and fleeced students of US$15,000, claiming that the monies were fees to help them secure jobs overseas.
A report was made to the Fraud Squad of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) when the students discovered that no jobs awaited them. 
He was remanded when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court and is to reappear on Thursday, March 17.


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