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Police charge man accused of using name and image of Daryl Vaz in a motor vehicle auction scam

by June 28th, 2021

Police have laid charges against a man who is accused of using the name and image of Government Minister Daryl Vaz in a motor vehicle auction scam.

The Kingston Western Police say they have cracked a multimillion dollar fraud case, following the arrest and charge of the main suspect.

The development follows investigations into a motor vehicle auction scam, where complainants have been fleeced of millions of dollars.

The accused has been identified as Shawn Latham, a 35-year-old merchandiser, of Knights Dale Drive, Kingston 19, who has been charged with obtaining money by false pretence and fraudulent conversion.

Police report that between Wednesday, June 9 and Monday June 14, Latham used the image and name of Mr. Vaz who is also MP for West Portland to lure unsuspecting people to purchase motor vehicles through an alleged auction at the Kingston Wharf.

Its alleged that through phone calls and instant messaging, Latham told the complainants that he was Daryl Vaz and he had connections with upcoming motor vehicle auctions. The complainants paid out over $4-million to the accused man for two motor vehicles.

After the money was paid over, the complainants suspected some ambiguities and reported the matter to the police.

A sting operation was arranged by the police on June 14, where the accused man was arrested.

The police are making it clear that the accused man is in no way connected to Mr. Vaz nor does he have any authority to conduct business on his behalf.

The accused man is being investigated by the fraud squad for several other cases that have a similar Modus Operandi.

The Constabulary is urging the public to be wary of persons utilizing trusted organisations or individuals, while preying on unsuspecting persons.

Persons should always seek to do business through the official channels and procedures and avoid any scheme that appears ‘too good to be true’.

 

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