JP accused of marriage fraud scheme

A justice of the peace was yesterday formally accused of participating in a marriage fraud scheme.

Prosecutors have accused Kenneth Burrows, 60, of Blair Estates, of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses, possession of false documents, conspiracy to commit a fraudulent marriage, abetment to make a false declaration for marriage and fraud by false pretenses.

Burrows allegedly helped Louizelien Louis, 39, of Union Village, obtain a marriage license.

It is further alleged that Louis possessed a false marriage certificate in his name and that of Indira Wilson in June 2017 and that he uttered a false document.

Louis, prosecutors allege, used the false marriage certificate for his application for a spousal permit.

Burrows is also accused of conspiring with unknown persons to commit a fraudulent marriage from October 1, 2018 to November 29, 2018.

He is also accused of attempting to commit a fraudulent marriage.

Burrows, like his co-accused, Louis, who was arraigned on Monday, denied the charges against him at his arraignment before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.

Lawyer Calvin Seymour said that Burrows needed medical attention for pain to his left ear. He alleged he received the injury when police beat him at his office.

Turnquest-Deveaux refused him bail, as she has no jurisdiction to grant bail for the offenses.

The case has been adjourned to January 18.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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