Court remands man who allegedly solicited more than $230,000 from an elderly woman and grants bail to his wife

Court remands man who allegedly solicited more than $230,000 from an elderly woman and grants bail to his wife

By Rashika Kumar
Saturday 28/05/2022
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The Suva Magistrates Court has remanded the man who allegedly solicited more than $230,000 from a 60-year-old woman while his wife has been granted bail.

40-year-old David Morrison Christopher and his 24-year old wife Swetha Shayal Singh allegedly took the money under the pretext of entering into a partnership to invest in buying properties for rent in Fiji.

The alleged offence took place between June 2020 and January 2021 when Christopher allegedly contacted the victim through WhatsApp pretending to be a foreign investor.

According to Police, after establishing contact, he allegedly managed to solicit money from the victim which were remitted through more than 70 transactions through a mobile money transfer service and online bank transfers.

Police confirm that the online bank transfers were allegedly remitted through Christopher’s wife’s account.

Christopher has been charged with one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception while Singh is charged with one count of Possession of Property Suspected of being Proceeds of Crime.

Police say they believe Christopher may be involved in other similar cases and are urging anyone who may have information or have had dealings with him to call 8991107.

Meanwhile, the Police Prosecutor told the court that Christopher has four other pending matters before the court for similar offences while Singh is a first offender.

The matter has been adjourned to next Friday.

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