Bus driver on bail for defrauding 7 persons in apartment rental scam

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A minibus driver who is accused of defrauding seven persons of tens of thousands of dollars by pretending he had apartments to rent has been charged and released on $140,000 bail. 

Patrick Clarke, 54, of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Issacs- Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.

The first charge stated that on August 30, 2021, at Stabroek Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained $120,000 from Shonette Forde by falsely pretending that he was in a position to rent an apartment to her, knowing same to be false. 

The second charge stated that on September 3, 2021, at Bourda, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained $70,000 from Marvin Sutherland by falsely pretending that he was in a position to rent him an apartment, knowing same to be false. 

The third charge stated that on August 30, 2021, at Charlestown, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained $80,000 from Kiana Gordon by falsely pretending that he was in a position to rent her an apartment, knowing same to be false. 

It is further alleged that on September 14, at New Market Street, Georgetown,  with intent to defraud, he obtained $40,000 from Nigel Gibson by falsely pretending that he was in a position to rent him an apartment. 

It is also alleged that on September 14, at Croal Street, Georgetown with intent to defraud, he obtained $30,000 from Nigel Gibson by falsely pretending that he was in a position to rent him an apartment. 

It is further alleged that on August 30, 2021, at Charlestown, with intent to defraud, he obtained $60,000 from Candace Robertson by falsely pretending that he was in a position to rent an apartment to her, knowing same to be false. 

The last charge stated that on September 5, 2021, at Bourda, Georgetown, with intent to defraud he obtained $40,000 from Gillian Jake by falsely pretending that he was in a position to rent him an apartment.  Clarke pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

In the end, the Magistrate released him on a total of $140,000 bail. The accused fraudster will make his next court appearance on November 1, 2021.

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