Businessman on fraud charge in court today

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A 39-year-old Barrackpore businessman, who was arrested as he disembarked an aircraft over allegedly receiving US$200,000 under fraudulent means, is due to appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate today.

The arrests came after months of intense investigations involving fraudulent cheques tendered at a business in Trinidad for the exchange of goods and services by Fraud Squad members led by Snr Supt Totaram Dookhie.

On Saturday, the businessman was arrested by officers after he disembarked an American Airlines flight at Piarco International Airport from the US. It is alleged that the businessman obtained US$200,000 by false pretence, which was wire transferred into his US foreign account from a financial institution in Antigua by advancing TT$1.6 million via three fraudulent managers’ cheques from a financial institution in T&T.

Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Paul Honore gave instructions late yesterday to initiate prosecution against the businessman for the offence.

The investigation also included ASP Kent Ghisawan, Insp Ramdani Dipchand, WP Insp Cudjoe, Sgt Badree and Cpl Bassarath. The charge was laid by WPC O’Brian.

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