Members of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) have arrested and charged used car dealer, John Alister Baptiste for allegedly fleecing innocent Grenadians of thousands of dollars.
A well placed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that Baptiste had been accepting large sums of money from a number of people on the island to provide them with used cars which he promised to import into the country.
The source who did not wish to be identified said two persons complained to the FIU about the problems they have been having with Baptiste who is the son of a religious figure on the island.
The 29-year old businessman allegedly started defrauding people of their money since last year.
In one instance, he is accused of taking $25,000.00 from a Beausejour, St. George’s resident during August last year, but failed to deliver the promised vehicle to him.
Baptiste also allegedly accepted an additional $11,000.00 from the same Beausejour resident two months later in another incident.
In the third incident earlier this year, a St. Paul’s, St. George’s resident allegedly provided the car dealer with $17,400.00 but he again failed to provide the individual with a vehicle.
The source said police have reasons to believe that Baptiste is working in collusion with a female pastor in the south of the island.
“It might (be) possible that she is a signatory to his business,” the source told this newspaper.
According to the source, apart from the three incidents that have been reported to the FIU, details are also emerging about the accused man and the female pastor accepting over $ 100, 000.00 from an individual in Gouyave, St. John’s.
He described the accused man as being an economic danger to the citizens of Grenada.
Baptiste was brought to court last week Thursday and remanded to the Richmond Hill prison to be kept in safe custody.