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.
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.
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.
Lining up for hours in the rain and heat may seem onerous to many but not for Venezuelan mother Roysin Maiz who says the wait was nothing compared to the six days she spent living in the forests after a perilous boat ride.
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.
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.