Rio Claro teacher charged with fraud involving $25 million cheque

A Rio Claro primary school teacher has been denied bail after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with attempting to obtain over $25 million by false pretense.

Mavis Medina, 43, of Ecclesville, Rio Claro, was denied bail and remanded into custody at the St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital pending evaluation, when she appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine, in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

The matter was postponed to Tuesday 29th May, 2018.

The accused is alleged to have gone to the Teachers Credit Union, Maraval Road, on Monday 14th May, 2018, where she presented two cheques valued at $110,000 and $25 million respectively.

The first to repay a loan and the second to purchase shares at the said credit union.

During the transaction, the cheques were observed to be fraudulent and Medina was quickly arrested by officers of the Fraud Squad.

Investigations were spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Totaram Dookhie and conducted by Inspectors Dale Griffith and Lisa Cudjoe, all of the Fraud Squad, while charges were laid by WPC Efaye Jointe.

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