Two held in HDC rent scam

Police have detained two people in connection with reports of breaking and entering and illegal occupancy of units at the Housing Development Corporation’s (HDC) Oasis Gardens.

The suspects were reportedly found with keys to several townhouses and single units where the locks had been changed. However, they claim they are victims of a scam, not the perpetrators. 

They had been illegally occupying side by side units and had allegedly “rented” units to other illegal occupants, even providing rental agreements in some instances.

Jearlean John sues State for $17 million

Former Housing Development Corporation (HDC) managing director Jearlean John is suing the State agency for $17 million following her termination on March 22.

John, through her attorney Gerald Ramdeen, is seeking damages for wrongful dismissal and/or breach of contract of employment at the HDC and “all consequential loss suffered as a result of future employment prospects.”

Having served different prime ministers in varying capacities, John is also seeking “aggravated exemplary damages” for the HDC’s handling in her dismissal.