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Deported businessman walks free after paying refunds to customers

Vaseline 3 months ago

Elvis Jones, the St Catherine businessman who created INTERPOL’s Red Notice for wanted persons and was deported from Panama last week, was acquitted of fraud-related charges on Friday.

Jones, a 52-year-old resident of Hellshire Avenue in Portmore, St Catherine, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

He was charged with two counts of fraudulent conversion, failure to issue a receipt and failure to provide goods or services by date of contract, all relating to two incidents that occurred in March and August 2022.

They related to Jones’s alleged failure to import two motor vehicles from Japan to Jamaica on behalf of two individuals.

On Friday, Jones’ lawyer denied in court that his client was trying to defraud the complainants.

However, the lawyer admitted that his client had collected money from the complainants but had converted it to Jones’ personal use.

Jones paid restitution to both complainants, which led to prosecutors offering no further evidence on all charges against the then-suspect.

According to police reports, a man and a woman entered into separate agreements with Jones in March 2022 and August 2022 to have a 2016 Subaru Impreza car and a 2013 Toyota Aphard minivan imported from Japan, respectively.

Police said they made the agreed payments with the promise that the vehicles would be delivered within four weeks.

After the vehicles were not delivered as promised, a police report was filed and an investigation was initiated.

Police said it was later discovered that Jones had allegedly fled the island, and he was subsequently placed on INTERPOL’s Red Notice for wanted persons.

The then suspect was detained in Panama and deported to Jamaica on April 13. Two days later, he was charged after a question-and-answer session in the presence of his lawyer.