Friday 19 July, 2019

Freeport businessman appears in court charged with fraud

A Freeport businessman has appeared in court charged with obtaining goods valued at $148,387.50 by use of dishonoured cheques between February 19-20 and February 22-23.

Renny Tokhai, of Mission Road was charged with the offence when he appeared before Magistrate Marissa Gomez in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to answer to the charge.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was placed on a $20,000 bond to keep the

peace for three years.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim in the sum of $128,387.50, by September 30 with the first payment of $20,000 to be made by March 29 or in default, face

six weeks’ simple imprisonment.

The victim told police that between the period February 19-20 they sold a quantity of phone cards valued at $67,961.25 to the accused, who effected payment by way of a cheque.

The victim then further sold the accused a quantity of phone cards between February 22-23

valued at $80,426.25.

The accused again effected payment by way of a cheque valued at $40,000.

The cheques were accepted as genuine and deposited into the victim’s account

but was subsequently returned as dishonoured.

A report was made to the police and an investigation launched by the Fraud Squad under the supervision of Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Lindon Greenidge.

Tokhai was subsequently charged on February 26 by WPC Mohammed also of the Fraud Squad.

 

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