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.

No bail for police officer on rape charge

Spe­cial Re­serve Po­lice of­fi­cer Akeem James has been denied bail on charges of rape, griev­ous sex­u­al as­sault and false im­pris­on­ment of a 29-year-old Venezue­lan woman.
 James, 28, appeared on Wednesday before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally on Wednesday.
The magistrate was told that James had a pending matter of a similar nature. 
James was charged on Tuesday night by WCpl Dane-Marie Marshal of the Professional Standards Bureau. 

Venezuelan migrants rush to Tobago as deadline approaches

With one week to go be­fore the dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion, over 200 Venezue­lans braved the in­clement weath­er in To­ba­go yes­ter­day and turned up at the Car­o­line Build­ing Reg­is­tra­tion Cen­tre in Scar­bor­ough, To­ba­go, in an at­tempt to get away from the long lines at the two lo­ca­tions in Trinidad.

This is the first time To­ba­go has seen such an in­flux, since the reg­is­tra­tion process com­menced nine days ago.Since the start of the reg­is­tra­tion process, To­ba­go has not seen any fig­ures ex­ceed­ing 40 mi­grants on a dai­ly ba­sis.

Printing problems hamper registrations

Calls are be­ing made for the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty to put print­ing and pho­to­copy­ing fa­cil­i­ties in place for the ef­fec­tive reg­is­tra­tion of Venezue­lan na­tion­als.

Scores of Venezue­lans were told they had to re­turn for reg­is­tra­tion be­cause they had the wrong forms and no hard­copy of doc­u­ments. Some who went in for reg­is­tra­tion at Achie­vors Ban­quet Hall in Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do, said they were con­fused.

Venezuelan national jailed for credit card fraud

A 42-year-old Venezue­lan man, who ad­mit­ted to mak­ing close to $200,000 in less than a month by cred­it card fraud, has been sen­tenced to six years in prison.

Jorge Julio re­ceived the sen­tence for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the cash, know­ing it was the pro­ceeds of fraud, when he reap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.