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Jennifer Messado gets bail in third fraud case

Attorney Jennifer Messado was on Wednesday morning offered bail in the St. Andrew Parish Court in her third case of fraud despite opposition from the Clerk of Court that she was a flight risk and could interfere with one of the complainants.
 
Mrs Messado was charged on Tuesday in relation to matters involving entertainer Mavado and businessman Norman Horne as well as his sister Charlotte Horne Haynes.
 
Her attorney, Christopher Townsend, revealed in court that she is being investigated for other fraud related matters.
 
Mrs. Messado was granted $5 million bail with surety when she made her court appearance Wednesday morning.
 
A stop order has been put in place and she is to surrender her travel documents.
 
Mrs Messado has also been ordered to report to the Constant Spring police station daily and has been placed under curfew.
 
The latest case will again be mentioned on July 3.
 
MOCA commenced investigations on May 22 following allegations that Mrs Messado attempted to sell a property belonging to the Sports Development Foundation to Mr. Horne using forged documents.
 
As it relates to Mavado, Mrs Messado allegedly attempted to sell the entertainer a property in Kingston 8 in April last year.
 
He reportedly made a payment of $30.7 million and commenced the process for purchase.
 
It was later discovered that the property was not for sale and the owner had not engaged Mrs Messado.
 
During the bail hearing Wednesday morning, it was disclosed that Mrs Messado has repaid Mavado $7 million dollars while 12 of  22 million dollars has been repaid to Mr. Horne.
 
Attorney for Mrs Messado, Christopher Townsend, revealed that her law firm is being wound down to repay the monies owed.
 
He requested bail on the basis that his client needed to be able to continue the process.
 
However, the Clerk of Court opposed bail as the police are worried that Mrs Messado is winding down her law firm to leave island.
 
Mr. Townsend called this a blatant lie.
 
The Clerk also argued that Mrs Messado had been offering Mr. Horne, who is a family friend, other properties which is viewed as interfering with the complainant.
 
As part of her bail condition she was ordered not to have any contact with the complainants.
 
Additional charges of fraud were laid against Mrs Messado two weeks ago.
 
Before that, on May 15, during her appearance in the St. Andrew Parish Court on similar charges, she was offered bail in the sum of  $800,000.
 


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