A Canadian man and a Guyanese woman will appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate today, charged with trafficking counterfeit cards and possession of card-making equipment, arising out of several weeks of extensive investigations by officers of the Fraud Squad’s ABM Task Force. Kingston Yogonathan, 30, a Canadian national of Pine Place, Mausica, was charged with two counts of trafficking in counterfeit cards and one count of possession of card-making equipment.
Geeta Mohabir, 27, a Guyanese national of the same address, was charged with one count of possession of card-making equipment and one count of trafficking in counterfeit cards.
The two were held by officers of the ABM Task Force, during a police anti-crime exercise that ran from late Thursday to early Friday, a police statement revealed.
During the exercise, officers proceeded to an apartment at Pine Place, Mausica, where they observed Yogonathan leaving the premises in a motor vehicle. The car was intercepted and Yogonathan was searched, resulting in four counterfeit cards, along with several ATM receipts, being found hidden in his left shoe.
While searching the apartment, police found a bulletproof vest, a red dot scope, card skimming equipment and several counterfeit cards.
Yogonathan and Mohabir were charged with the offences by PC Solozano of the ABM Task Force.
The exercise and the investigations were carried out by Cpl Nowbutt under the supervision of Snr. Supt. Deosaran and ASP Julien.