Businessman charged with stealing $108,000 from customers

A 25-year-old Rio Claro businessman was granted $195,000 bail when appeared before a San Fernando magistrate on Wednesday charged with stealing $108,366 from his customers.

Kriston Seepersad, of Ecclesville, appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to answer for three counts of larceny.

He was accused of taking money from three victims between November 2016 and April 2018.

The first incident is alleged to have occurred on November 11, 2016, when Seepersad received $68,000 from a man as a down payment for the importation and delivery of two Suzuki Swift hatchbacks.

It was also alleged that he received $29,666 from a woman between November 7, 2017, and December 29, 2017 as a down payment for the importation and delivery of a Nissan Navara pick up and a number of construction materials.

On April 27, he allegedly received $10,700, from a man for the importation of a Nissan Almera shell and a number of construction materials.

He was accused of failing to deliver the items to the victims and their attempts to have their monies refunded proved futile.

The three victims made reports to the Fraud Squad, which led to investigations being launched under the supervision of Snr Supt Totaram Dookhie.

On Monday, Seepersad was arrested in Rio Claro and after questioning him, the Fraud Squad’s Cpl Khalil Hosein laid the charges.

Chankar transferred the matter to the Rio Claro Magistrates’ Court. He is also expected to appear at the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court today.

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