Two foreign nationals have been sentenced to two years’ hard labour for fraud.
The accused—SIMON EDUARDO FARIAS ROMERO, a Venezuelan national, and FRANCISCO JAVIER GIL RIVERA a Mexican national—both appeared before Her Worship Adia Mohammed on Tuesday 11 February 2020.
They pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking in counterfeit cards.
Former Social Development Minister, Christine Newallo-Hosein, says poor accountability and the potential for abuse has crept back into the Food Card Programme once more, and the Rowley Administration must take responsibility for that.
The Cumuto / Manzanilla MP told us that when she was social development minister, she had sought to put in place checks and balances to prevent food card abuse—such as means testing and biometric records—but these were dismantled when the PNM came into office.
A Siparia woman has appeared before a Siparia Magistrate, charged with the fraudulent use of an ABM card and for money laundering, which occurred between the period January 14th and June 3rd 2019.
According to an official police statement, 28-year-old Rhonda Jasmine Mitchell, a customer service representative, of Darsant Trace, Siparia, was charged with 24 counts of fraudulent use of an ABM card in sums totalling TT$77,359.
She also was charged with seven counts of money laundering totalling TT$23,800.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith gave a commitment to increased collaboration between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT).
The top cop and officers of special investigative units within the TTPS, met with representatives of this country’s commercial banking sector on Wednesday 30th October, at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.
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.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is warning of people purporting to represent the authority, approaching vendors/contractors who engaged by WASA, with promises to provide cheque payments for outstanding invoices.
WASA says that such payments would reportedly be done on the payment of a commission to the individual presenting the cheque to the vendor/contractor.
In such instances, it says these cheques have been of a fraudulent nature.
WASA is point to the approved process for receipt and collection of cheques.
Former Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) chairman Peter Scoon has appeared in court charged with defrauding the organisation’s founder William Munroe of $400,000.
Scoon, 53, the owner of Media 21 Ltd, was granted $120,000 bail after he appeared before Magistrate Marissa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with fraudulent conversion.
The Housing Development Company says that a number of fake social media profiles of executives and senior members of staff of the HDC have been recently created.
According to the HDC, these profiles use bonafide images of the executives and staff members and engage individuals, through online platforms, in an effort to defraud them of their hard-earned money.
The HDC says it is aware of the fraudsters’ efforts and has transferred all information to its security department for transmission to the Fraud Squad of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.