Foreign nationals get hard labour for fraud

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.

PNM must blame themselves for Food Card Programme problems

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.

Siparia Woman Appears in Court for Fraud and Money Laundering

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.

Top cop meets with bankers

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.

Seven charged for attempting to defraud murder victim

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.

WASA warns of payment fraud

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.

Scoon granted $120,000 bail on fraud charge

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.

Fraudsters now using fake Facebook profiles of HDC executives

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.