Prosecutor objects to bail for woman accused of land scam
Developer Melissa Deal Dorsett who is accused of taking almost$15,000 from a client appeared before a magistrate yesterday on a charge of stealing by reason of service.
Prosecutors allege that Dorsett, 30, of Lumumba Lane, took$14,591.51 from Rosemarie Baptiste for a mortgage on a home in Yellow Elder Gardens between June 30, 2009 and February 17, 2010.
She denied the accusation during an arraignment before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis. Prosecutor Sergeant Godfrey Brennen objected to bail because Dorsett is already on bail for a similar offense.
Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis will hold a bail hearing on Friday.
In March, Dorsett denied that she stole a$4,200 down payment from Shanria Smith Edwards and Charles Edwards Jr on October 14, 2009.
Magistrate Guillimina Archer released Dorsett on$7,000 bail with one surety.
Police arrested Dorsett in March after she gave a television interview, denying allegations by police that her development company was not legitimate.
Dorsett said she did not close her office after getting money from clients, but she had simply relocated. Police had issued an all points bulletin for Dorsett as they claimed they could not find her.
On another matter, Magistrate Rolle-Davis issued an arrest warrant for a former Atlantis employee accused of stealing 39 Aquaventure admission wristbands. The theft allegedly occurred between August and October 2010.
Erica Gilbert was supposed to appear for her arraignment, but she did not appear.