Bajan accused of US scam
A BAJAN IN BROOKLYN has been charged with using a scam to steal US$300 000 from West Indian friends and acquaintances in New York City.
Lurene Elias, 48, who is also known as Helen Lurene Alias, has been indicted for stealing the money from people she had convinced that she had inherited a multimillion-dollar estate and needed the money to access the funds in order pay off liens and taxes.
In return for the loans, Elias is alleged to have promised her Caribbean immigrant friends that she would repay the borrowed money with substantial interest, sometimes promising to double the money, said Ken Thompson, Brooklyn’s new District Attorney (DA).
She is charged with two counts of first degree scheme to defraud, three counts of second degree grand larceny, five counts of third degree grand larceny and one count of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
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