Sunday 15 December, 2019

Former licensing officers among five charged with fraud

Five of the ten persons who were held on inquiries into defrauding the state have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate.

Two of these five are former employees of the Licensing Authority.

The five are 23-year-old Zuleika Gonzales; 29-year-old Matthew Harripersad, 30-year-old Camaria Campbell, 34-year-old Dwayne Thomas, and 52-year-old Harripersad Ramjattan.

They all appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed in the First Court.

The charges, of conspiring to defraud the state by making false entries on the database of the Ministry of Transport, were laid indictably and none of the accused were called upon to enter a plea.

Campbell and Gonzales also face additional charges of misbehaviour in public office.

The charges stemmed from incidents which took place in November 2018.

After further submissions to the court, during which bail was regularized to all five accused, the matter was adjourned.

It is expected to be recalled on April 24.

More on this as it becomes available.

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