Foreign nationals get hard labour for fraud

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 11:45

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.

Reports are that on  Sunday  15 December  2019,  officers  attached  to  the  Fraud Squad  Automated  Banking  Machine  (ABM)  task  force were  on  ABM patrol and surveillance duties in the Northern Division when based on  intelligence received,  had  cause  to  pay  special  attention  to  the Scotiabank ATM located at Trincity Mall.

There, police found two men tampering with the machine, whom they immediately arrested.

A search warrant was later executed at Tony's Guest House located at Papnis Drive in Petit Valley, where the suspects were staying. Police found and seized an additional 14 cards, all of which bore banking  information  belonging to citizens of  Trinidad  and  Tobago. 

The men were charged on Tuesday 17 December 2019, with trafficking in counterfeit cards.


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Lead image…  Venezuelan national SIMON EDUARDO FARIAS ROMERO (right), and Mexican national FRANCISCO JAVIER GIL RIVERA (left), pled guilty to the charges.