Police confirm fraud accused in custody
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says it has taken note of an article in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper concerning a man accused of fraud.
The TTPS confirmed that the man was charged, appeared in court and remanded into custody, while investigations into his offences remain active.
This after the newspaper article stated that suspect, believed to have scammed hundreds of people through online fraud, may escape being charged.
It claimed that valuable evidence was stolen from right under the noses of the police.
However, the TTPS in a statement on Thursday stated that officers of the Fraud Squad Task Force arrested the suspect, Anthony Seecharran, on December 13 after he was found to be in possession of quantities of ammunition and marijuana.
It said police subsequently conducted searches at one of his five given addresses and discovered seven counterfeit bank cards, a laptop device, a swipe card and other connections; these items were seized.
The items were then lodged at the Office of the Fraud Squad.
The TTPS further revealed that during an interview with the suspect, officers attempted to access information on the laptop, however, the accused refused to give police the password.
Fraud Squad then sought the assistance of the Cyber Crime Unit; upon checking the laptop, cyber-crime personnel reported that they saw a black screen.
Further checks revealed, that the hard-drive of the laptop was missing.
A report was obtained from all members of staff at the Fraud Squad and the Professional Standards Bureau has commenced investigations into disappearance of the hard-drive.
Seecharran was subsequently charged for possession of marijuana, possession of ammunition, trafficking counterfeit cards and possession of card making equipment.
He appeared before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on December 19 and was remanded into custody without bail.
The suspect is due to reappear before the court on January 17.