Sunday 26 May, 2019

LOWLIFE: Babies’ deaths in Grants Pen 'being used to scam persons'

Two-year-old twin girls, Naieelia and Nihailia Pinnock.

Two-year-old twin girls, Naieelia and Nihailia Pinnock.

Criminals seeking to make illegal gains have reportedly sunk to an all-time low after starting a scheme using the names of the two young babies who perished in a fire in the Grants Pen community in St Andrew.

The heartless scammers are using the deaths of two-year-old twins Naieelia and Nihailia Pinnock to fleece unsuspecting members of the public of large sums of money.

The tragic baby girls were left in the care of their grandmother on January 31 when a blaze of yet unknown origin gutted the house where they were staying.

Oshin Rogers, the devastated mother of the twin babies, says persons have been going around claiming that they are the grandparents and other relatives of the deceased toddlers, and seeking financial assistance purportedly to bury the children.

Oshin Rogers, the mother of the two-year-old twin girls that died in a fire in Grants Pen, St Andrew on January 31. 

“I was told about the scam a few days ago and it has left me angry and confused that persons would really stoop to such an act,” the distraught mother of the babies told Loop News in an interview.

The situation has reached a level where a man has even gone to a church reportedly asking for donations, using the names of the children in the process.

“It has come to my attention that one man claiming he was the grand(father) of the children went to the church and was asking for contributions. He (is said to have) told the church members that he had received a $100,000 cheque, but was seeking transportation funds,” said the mother.

Rogers said she has since reported the matter to the police.

The fire occurred in the ‘Belgium’ section of the Grants Pen community.

The mother said the date for the funeral service for the children is to be announced soon, as authorities have still not completed their investigations into the tragic incident.

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