Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Marlene McDonald among five due in court today on corruption charges

Five people including Port of Spain South MP Marlene McDonald are expected to appear before the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court on Monday to answer corruption charges.

According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC gave advice late last night to charge Mc Donald, her partner Michael Carew, Victor McEachrane, Wayne Anthony and Edgar Zephrine.

The TTPS said they are all being charged with several offences of conspiracy to defraud the Government, and offences of money laundering.

However, McDonald will face offences of misbehaviour in public office.

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The accused persons were held between Thursday and Friday.

The TTPS added that the investigations into allegations of corruption committed during the period 2008 and 2009 commenced in 2016, and were carried out by Ag. ACP Toteram Dookie and a team of officers of the fraud squad.

On Sunday night, the Ministry of Communications in a statement revealed that the Prime Minister will advise the President to revoke McDonald's appointment as Public Administration Minister.

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