Real estate broker charged in connection to same fraud case as Jennifer Messado

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charged.jpgFollowing last week's arrest and charge of real estate attorney Jennifer Messado for alleged fraud, the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) has charged a second accused in the case. Real estate broker Beverly Barakat was charged on Monday. She was arrested Sunday by C-TOC investigators. Mrs Barakat has been charged with conspiracy to defraud, forgery and operating a real estate brokerage firm without a licence.

It is alleged that she conspired with Mrs Messado in the illegal transfer of a property.

Both women are scheduled to appear before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

Mrs Messado was arrested and charged on Friday by C-TOC detectives. The attorney has been charged with uttering forged documents, forgery, conspiracy to defraud, causing money to be paid out by forged document, and money laundering. Investigators reported that on December 20 last year, Mrs Messado prepared an Agreement of Sale for two parcels of land without the knowledge and consent of the owner.

They alleged that she collected US$270,000 as down payment from the prospective purchaser.

The properties were put to sale for $232 million.

C-TOC is expected to lay additional charges against Mrs Messado in relation to another property.

A senior investigator said she is being investigated in connection with other real estate transactions.