Neil Benjamin of Lot 254 Section C Enterprise, East Coast Demerara, a sub-contractor attached to the Guyana Power and Light Inc, appeared on Monday before Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer to yet another charge of fraud.He denied that between October 7, 2017 and February 28, 2018, he obtained $725,000 from Keisha Cameron by falsely pretending that he was in position to purchase for her a Toyota Allion motorcar, knowing same to be false.The prosecution is contending that on July 6, 2017, Cameron, in a conversation with the 52-year-old Benjamin, told him she wanted to purchase a used motorcar, and Benjamin reportedly advised her to purchase a new car instead, provided that she allowed him to take her to his auto dealer.Facts relate that the woman made a down payment of $170,000 to Benjamin, for which she was never given a receipt; and on two other occasions he allegedly collected from Cameron other monies totalling $725,000.The Prosecution’s case is that several months passed with the woman inquiring about the motorcar, only to be later told that Benjamin had never made any down payment for the vehicle.A report was made to the Police, and the contractor was arrested and charged.The Police prosecutor objected to Benjamin being placed on bail, informing the court that Benjamin had previously been charged for matters of a similar nature, for which he is presently before the court.Benjamin was, however, placed on $200,000 bail, and is expected to return to court on September 24.
SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fund-raising fish fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Donation is $5.75 per person. Karaoke will follow. All proceeds will go to veterans. Pio Pico spotlights `living history’ WHITTIER – Pio Pico State Historic Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd., will host Living History Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Highlights include an archaeology sandbox, old-fashioned games, guided tours of the park and the historic adobe home of Pio Pico, and adobe- and bread-making demonstrations. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 695-1217, Ext. 102. Missionary to talk about Cameroon WHITTIER – Daryl Young, a La Mirada High School graduate who is now a pilot/mechanic missionary, and his wife, Sun, will speak about their experiences in Cameroon, Africa, at two churches this weekend. They will speak on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at a lunch sponsored by the Wycliffe Associates at Whittier Hills Baptist Church, 16153 Russell St. For reservations, call (562) 944-8729 or (626) 333-2939. They also will speak at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Church of the Nazarene, 15575 Foster Road, La Mirada. For more information call (562) 941-4396 or (562) 941-3570. Auto Club raises funds for hospital WHITTIER – To celebrate its “Vacation Paradise” entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Whittier office is hosting a fundraising campaign through the end of the year to benefit Orthopedic Hospital in Los Angeles. A thank-you gift will be given to all who make a donation of $1 or more. For information, call (562) 698-3721. Kids’ museum seeks holiday workers LA HABRA – Volunteer positions are available this Christmas break for local youngsters at the Children’s Museum at La Habra beginning Dec. 20. Those interested must be between 14 and 21 years old and enthusiastic about learning new skills. Those selected will be eligible to receive a $100 incentive card. Volunteers will be needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, in four- to six-hour shifts. For more information, visit the North Orange County Youth Center, 1811 W. La Habra Blvd., or call (562) 905-7076. Crisis shelter shop seeks volunteers WHITTIER – Sacks on the Boulevard, the Shelter’s Right Hand thrift shop that benefits the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter in Whittier, wants to add to its staff of volunteers. Sales from the shop generated $50,000 for the shelter last year. If you can give a few hours one morning or afternoon a week, or even once a month, call Jan McMahon, thrift store manager, at (562) 696-1399, or (562) 699-1558. Quilt guild to meet Monday LA HABRA – The next meeting of the Friendship Square Quilt Guild will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the La Habra Methodist Church, 631 N. Euclid St. Rod Houghton, a retired fireman and now a hand quilter, will speak about how he became a quilter and how he acquires and finishes vintage quilt tops. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call (562) 947-5728. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!