Griffith: Some Chinese restaurants a front for illegal gambling

The ex­plo­sion in the growth of Chi­nese restau­rants at every cor­ner is no de­mand for Chi­nese food as Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith says some are fronts for il­le­gal gam­bling.

Speak­ing at the Oropouche East Con­stituen­cy Of­fice, Grif­fith said that be­cause the po­lice were crack­ing down on many as­pects of crime, peo­ple are be­ing very crit­i­cal of the po­lice ser­vice.

How­ev­er, he said there was a small per­cent­age of cit­i­zens who do not want to change.

Couva woman says loss of money through gambling led to fake kidnapping

A Couva housewife lied to the police about being kidnapped along with her son for a $30,000 ransom because she gambled away all her husband’s money.

Sapna Chinyan, 33, gave the excuse when she appeared in the Couva Magistrates Court charged with wasteful employment of police.

She pleaded guilty but her sentencing was put off to give her an opportunity to join the Trinidad - Gamblers Anonymous at Rosalino Street, Port-of-Spain.

Prosecutor Sgt Lincoln Bonnett said Chinyan went to the Couva Police Station around 10.40 am where she reported the kidnapping.

Five bars closed as police crack down on illegal gambling

Five bar owners appeared before a Siparia Magistrate today charged with breaching the Gambling and Betting Act Chapter 11:19

The following is a press release from the TTPS:

Five bars in the South Western Division are now closed after breaches in their licenses were discovered during an anti-crime operation, targeting bars in the Fyzabad and Oropouche districts last evening.

Seven arrested for illegal gambling

Seven people have been arrested for gambling in a common gaming house during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Princes Town. 

Police say that between the hours of 4pm and 7pm on Friday 31st March, 2017, officers from the Princes Town Police Station, arrested five men and one woman for gambling in a common gaming house, while one man was arrested for using premises as a common gaming house, without a license.

One roulette machine and four wall-mounted game devices were also seized.