A 24-year-old gas station cashier has been fined $30,000 after he admitted to being in possession of a bank card skimming device.
Magistrate Marissa Gomez, sitting in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court, imposed the fine against Jeffery Ramkissoon, of Eighth Street, Barataria, after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
According to the evidence presented before sentencing, Ramkissoon was arrested at N Maharaj Service Station, located at the corner of Pundit Street and El Socorro Road in San Juan, earlier this week.
Detectives of the Fraud Squad’s ATM Task Force found a skimming device in his possession and a piece of paper containing several PINs (Personal Identification Numbers).
Questioned by police, Ramkissoon admitted he would use the device and then write down the PINs as customers were entering them.
Ramkissoon attorney Selwyn Ross noted that his client had expressed remorse for his actions. He also stated that Ramkissoon had a clean criminal record except for two convictions for minor traffic offences.
Police prosecutor Insp Rajesh Lal asked for a hefty penalty to be imposed against Ramkissoon as he noted that the crime was premeditated and was becoming more prevalent.
Gomez allowed Ramkissoon three months to pay the fine. In the event that he does not comply, Ramkissoon will serve two years in prison with hard labour.
The investigation was conducted by Cpls Mohammed, Nowbutt and PC Latchman of the Fraud Squad.
- by Derek Achong