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Thursday 13 August, 2020

$100K bail for ex-CLF employee on fraud charges

A 43-year-old woman, who is a former employee of the Children's Life Fund (CLF), has appeared before a Tunapuna Magistrate.

Krisas Sookraj, of School Street, Carenage, will next appear before the courts on January 7, as she was granted bail at $100,000 after her first appearance.

She was charged with 13 counts of larceny of the property of the CLF amounting to US$15,640.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred in July 2015 while she was employed as an executive assistant at the organisation.

The sums of money were approved by the board of the CLF to be issued as payment to 13 children between the ages of three to six years who were suffering from life-threatening diseases.

An investigation was launched into the misappropriation of state funds by Snr Supt Tooteram Dookhie and a team of officers from the Fraud Squad.

After analysing of the evidence, instructions were given by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to initiate prosecution against the former Life Fund employee.

Sookraj was arrested at her home on December 5.

Charges were later laid by Sgt Damian Thomas of the Fraud Squad on December 7.

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