San Fernando woman in court for fraud
A San Fernando woman pleaded guilty to charges of uttering a forged valuable security and attempting to obtain money by false pretences, when she appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate on Friday.
Afiesha Smith, 30, of Embacadere, San Fernando appeared before Magistrate Kerry Ann Byer to answer to the charges.
She was fined $6,000 or in default, one-year hard labour for the charge of uttering a forged valuable security and $2,700 or in default six months in jail for the charge of attempting to obtain the sum of $1,300 by false pretences.
The accused was granted eight months to pay both fines.
A teller at a San Fernando bank reported to police that on Wednesday, a woman presented for encashment, a Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago cheque, in the sum of $1,300 made payable to the woman’s deceased mother.
After comparing the signature and the facial features of the woman to that of the National ID card presented, the teller found several discrepancies.
Officers of the Fraud Squad were contacted in relation to the matter and investigations resulted in the woman being charged with the two offences on Thursday by WPC Roberts.