A San Juan man has appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with over 40 counts of forgery.
Shaheed Hosein, 30, of Chotoo Street, was charged with 21 counts of obtaining money by use of a forged instrument, 21 counts of uttering a forged document and one count of larceny servant for $3,036.
Hosein appeared before Magistrate Rehanne Hosein May 20th via video conferencing. He was granted bail with surety in the sum of $150,000, and the matter was adjourned to June 17th 2020.
According to police reports, during the period August 28th 2019 and January 16th 2020, an employee of a pest control company in Cascade obtained the sum of $147,000 cash from 21 cheques drawn from an account in the name of his employer. It was later discovered that the signatures on the cheques were forged and the employee was not entitled to the proceeds of the said cheques. In another incident, on Friday, December 20th 2019, the same employee was entrusted the sum of $16,795 in cash by his employer to deposit into the company’s account. The employee deposited $13,759 into the account and a deficit of $3,036 was discovered after. The employee could not account for the deficit and it was discovered that he had taken the funds for his use and benefit. A report was made to the Fraud Squad and officers conducted investigations into the incidents. On Sunday May 17th 2020, officers conducted an exercise in the North Eastern Division which resulted in Hosein being arrested in connection with the matters. He was charged with the offences by WPC Lazarus of the Fraud Squad on Tuesday May 19th 2020.