$1.4 million mistakenly deposited into dismissed worker's account

An elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day charged for mon­ey laun­der­ing and lar­ce­ny of over $1.4 mil­lion af­ter the mon­ey was re­port­ed­ly mis­tak­en­ly de­posit­ed in­to his bank ac­count by his em­ploy­er and he al­leged­ly re­fused to re­turn it.

The 47-year-old man was ar­rest­ed at his Ed­in­burgh, Ch­agua­nas home by of­fi­cers of the Fraud Squad fol­low­ing a year-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the man was dis­missed last year by Trin­i­ty Pow­ers Ltd sit­u­at­ed at Dow Vil­lage, Cou­va, fol­low­ing an al­leged con­tra­ven­tion of the Oc­cu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty and Health Act.

The com­pa­ny claimed that the en­gi­neer, who was em­ployed there for five years, was en­ti­tled to a sev­er­ance ben­e­fit of $14,486.

How­ev­er, the com­pa­ny made an ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror and wired $1,448,646 to his ac­count.

The com­pa­ny con­tact­ed the for­mer em­ploy­ee about the er­ror and re­quest­ed that he re­turn the mon­ey.

He al­leged­ly re­fused and in­stead ini­ti­at­ed civ­il pro­ceed­ings against the com­pa­ny, claim­ing he was en­ti­tled to the mon­ey. That mat­ter is still pend­ing in court.

Mean­while, the com­pa­ny made a re­port to the Fraud Squad in 2017 and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched by of­fi­cers as­signed to the San Fer­nan­do unit.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, led by Snr Supt Greenidge and in­clud­ing ASP Kent Ghisyawan, In­sp Mathu­ra, Sgt Badree, Sgt Popan, Cpl Louis and WPC Kissoon­s­ingh, con­duct­ed ex­ten­sive in­quiries.

Le­gal of­fi­cer of the Fraud Squad Sgt Vinelle Bas­sarath as­sist­ed with le­gal ad­vice and guid­ance.

Up­on the com­ple­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the of­fi­cers sought ad­vice from the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions who gave them in­struc­tions to charge the en­gi­neer with lar­ce­ny, as well as mon­ey laun­der­ing be­cause he al­leged­ly trans­ferred the mon­ey from one ac­count to an­oth­er.

Cpl Louis sub­se­quent­ly laid the charges.

- by Sascha Wilson

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