Talparo relatives in court for 'scamming' villagers
Two Talparo relatives have appeared before a Rio Claro Magistrate on allegations that they were ‘scamming’ villagers for cash under the false pretence that they were collecting money for a six-year-old girl with a heart condition.
The two accused are Anna Marie Nanan, 31, and Sachin Chickoree, 19, of Phipps Trace, Talparo.
The two were arrested on July 21, in Biche, after they were reported to the police by suspicious villagers.
The two allegedly had documents which indicated they were collecting money for a friend of theirs for surgery which would amount to US$70,000
On the documents were images of stamps from the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Commissioner of Police.
However, these images were fake.
The two were arrested as a result and TT$2,000 which was found in their car at the time of the arrest were seized.
They were charged and appeared before Magistrate Indira Misir-Gosine for the offences.
The two, however, plead guilty to the allegations and did not waste the court’s time.
As a result of this, as well as the fact that they both had no previous convictions, they two did not receive a custodial sentence and were instead fined a total of $12,000.
However, they have 30-days to pay the fines or they will face one year in prison.
More on this as it becomes available.