Woman remanded over alleged motorcycle sale fraud

A woman who allegedly obtained over $200,000 from a man under false pretence was remanded to prison yesterday when she appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson at the Georgetown Magi-strate’s Court.

Fifty-two-year-old Joycelyn Tudor of 66 Norton Street, Lodge pleaded not guilty to the charge of obtaining money by false pretence.

It is alleged that between November 3 and 27, Tudor, with intent to defraud, obtained $230, 000 from Roderick Nurse, under the pretext that she was in the position to sell him a motorcycle.

Tudor stated that the motorcycle belongs to her husband who had migrated to Africa and had asked her to sell it for him. She said her husband had given her a document which stated that she had the authority and permission to transact business on his behalf.

Tudor said she was not aware that the permit had to be updated by a Power of Attorney every six months and when she had collected the $230,000 from Nurse the permit had already expired. She said she signed a receipt for the money several days after the transaction. She then stated that she was informed by a lawyer that she had to get a Power of Attorney to legally do the transaction, but by then, she had already used the money as a down payment on a house she was buying. “I told him [Nurse] that I don’t want to rob him, I gon pay he back soon,” Tudor said.

Meanwhile, Nurse said he had given Tudor the money with the intention that she would have handed over the motorcycle and its documents shortly after but that when he enquired about it she told him that she had to have a Power of Attorney before she could have done anything.

He said that a while after he had asked Tudor for the money  back since he still did not have the motorcycle in his possession but she informed him that she had already used it.

Tudor then stated that she was willing to recompense Nurse with the money. She then handed over $60,000 to Nurse and said she would repay the rest by Friday.

The magistrate subsequently ordered that Tudor be remanded to prison and that she appear back in court on January 2 with the rest of the money.

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