Top cop meets with bankers

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith gave a commitment to increased collaboration between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT).

The top cop and officers of special investigative units within the TTPS, met with representatives of this country’s commercial banking sector on Wednesday 30th October, at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.

Seven charged for attempting to defraud murder victim

Six Tobagonians and one Trinidadian appeared in court for allegedly using the death certificate of a murder victim to obtain over $600,000 from the victim's Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) account.

John Mills, of Cocrico Avenue, Buccoo and his common-law wife Eulyn John, friends of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, were found murdered by their nephew on May 2.

Five of the accused appeared before a Scarborough magistrate on Thursday and were remanded into custody and will reappear in court on Friday.

WASA warns of payment fraud

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is warning of people purporting to represent the authority, approaching vendors/contractors who engaged by WASA, with promises to provide cheque payments for outstanding invoices.

WASA says that such payments would reportedly be done on the payment of a commission to the individual presenting the cheque to the vendor/contractor.

In such instances, it says these cheques have been of a fraudulent nature.

WASA is point to the approved process for receipt and collection of cheques.

Scoon granted $120,000 bail on fraud charge

For­mer Caribbean Pres­tige Foun­da­tion (CPF) chair­man Pe­ter Scoon has ap­peared in court charged with de­fraud­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s founder William Munroe of $400,000.

Scoon, 53, the own­er of Me­dia 21 Ltd, was grant­ed $120,000 bail af­ter he ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day charged with fraud­u­lent con­ver­sion.

Fraudsters now using fake Facebook profiles of HDC executives

The Housing Development Company says that a number of fake social media profiles of executives and senior members of staff of the HDC have been recently created.

According to the HDC, these profiles use bonafide images of the executives and staff members and engage individuals, through online platforms, in an effort to defraud them of their hard-earned money.

The HDC says it is aware of the fraudsters’ efforts and has transferred all information to its security department for transmission to the Fraud Squad of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Factory worker charged with 4 counts of fraud

Keron Jeremiah,  a 33-year-old man from Barataria appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate yesterday, charged with four counts of fraud, which occurred January 25th. 

Jeremiah appeared before Magistrate Marisa Gomez, on February 4th  to answer to two counts of uttering a forged valuable security, one count of obtaining the sum of $9,130.50 by false pretence and one count of obtaining the sum of $8,140 by false pretence.

He was granted bail with surety in the sum of $50,000 and the matter adjourned to April 8th.

Fraud found at 3 regional corporations

There have been in­stances of fraud found in three re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions - and eyes are fo­cussed on a fourth.

Fraud in­volv­ing cheques, food badges and miss­ing bags of ce­ment have been re­port­ed at the San Fer­nan­do, Ari­ma and Point Fortin cor­po­ra­tions - and Ch­agua­nas Cor­po­ra­tions has been heav­i­ly hit by al­le­ga­tions of fraud and cor­rup­tion in cer­tain ar­eas.