Seven charged for attempting to defraud murder victim

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:00

Six Tobagonians and one Trinidadian appeared in court for allegedly using the death certificate of a murder victim to obtain over $600,000 from the victim's Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) account.

John Mills, of Cocrico Avenue, Buccoo and his common-law wife Eulyn John, friends of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, were found murdered by their nephew on May 2.

Five of the accused appeared before a Scarborough magistrate on Thursday and were remanded into custody and will reappear in court on Friday.

According to a police report, four of the suspects were arrested and charged after attempting to defraud the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) of $300,000 between February 12 and April 12 while three of them were jointly charged with conspiracy to defraud the UTC of $100,000.

The accused are Cammie Smith, 29, Bethel, Nicholas Davis, 26, Buccoo, Cleopatra James, 25, Scarborough, Dion Crosby, 25, Lambeau were charged in relation to the first offence while Kennesha Williams, 30, Lambeau, was jointly charged with James and Davis for the second offence.

The court heard, the five accused visited the UTC Main Street, Scarborough branch, where they produced good and valid order of payments, a total of eight cheques, in the name of murder victim John Mills.

It is was later discovered that the five accused were not entitled to the proceeds. They were arrested over the weekend and the DPP gave the the go ahead for charges to be laid. The matter was heard before Magistrate Indrani Cedeno at the Scarborough Magistrates court.

Two other people, Jerome Hernandez, 24, Carnbee Trace and Ashanna Pritchard, 24, Mango Alley Trace, Laventille appeared before a Port-of-Spain magistrate on Wednesday charged with attempting to obtain $205, 380 by false pretences from Mills' UTC account. They were granted bail in the sum of $300,000 and $250,000 respectively and ordered to return to count on August 23.

According to a police report, Davis and James, two former UTC employees were arrested at Crown Point as they attempted to leave for Amsterdam, Netherlands last Friday. Davis is also the neighbour of murdered elderly couple.

They allegedly used John's death certificate to collect his life's saving in the UTC's Scarborough branch.

- by Camille Mceachnie