Woman pleads guilty to conning three of $310,000Friday, April 24, 2015
A woman who pleaded guilty of conning three people out of $310,000 after offering to rent them an apartment, breathed a sigh of relief this week when her bail was extended.
The woman, Kamesha Howell, pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining money by false pretence when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and was remanded in custody until her sentencing hearing on May 7.
However, Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey rolled back her decision and extended Howell's bail after a probation officer informed her that Howell had a young baby to care for and was willing to compensate the complainants.
The court was informed that between February 2 and March 3 of this year, Howell pretended that she could rent an apartment at Hope Road in Kingston to the three complainants and collected, $100,000 from two of them and $110,000 from the other.
On Wednesday, when the matter was mentioned, Howell told the court that she was not aware of the third complainant in the matter and that she had conspired with another person to defraud the complainant of their money.
"I know I was wrong to take the money or to collect it," she said.
"So how long you plan to stay in jail for it?" The magistrate asked.
"I don't know maam," she responded.
The magistrate then told her, "You can't just stand there and say that you know that you're and wrong and it's OK.
The magistrate then told McLean that she should have been charged with conspiracy and remanded her in custody for sentencing. She also instructed the probation officer to do a social enquiry report.
One of the complainants broke down in tears while the matter was being heard and after Howell was remanded, while another told the magistrate that she and her 17-year-old child had nowhere to live. But the magistrate told her that there was nothing she could do about that.