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Accused conman faces new charges in online scam


A man already charged with accepting a down payment for a house he didn’t own is facing new charges.

Police on Thursday accused Tameko Bannister, who also uses the last name Christie, of scamming two people he met online out of $41,000.

Prosecutors alleged that between May 2019 and January 2020 Bannister took $25,600 from Frederick Cargill as a deposit for an apartment complex.

In that case, Bannister is accused of the acquisition of proceeds of criminal conduct.

Bannister is accused of defrauding Geoffrey Dean Deveaux out of $15,500 in October 2019 for a car he was supposed to bring in from the U.S. auction.

He denied the charges and was granted $9,000 bail on the condition that he signs in at the Cable Beach Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bannister must also wear an electronic monitoring device.

Bannister is due back in court on March 31, 2021.

Bannister was charged on December 7 with defrauding Tia Knowles out of $20,000 as a deposit for the purchase of a home he didn’t own.

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