Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Two more to be held for $22.5M fraud at San Juan Regional Corporation

Ten persons are facing 857 money laundering and conspiracy related charges involving $22.5 million in fraudulent payment of salaries at the San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation (SJLRC), allegedly committed over the period 2011 to 2017.

Warrants are to be issued for an additional two persons who are to face similar charges.

The accused are expected to appear before the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to answer to the offences.

Tallot Ali, a 30-year-old checker with the SJLRC and Masood Ali, a 37-year-old SJLRC employee, both of Bamboo Settlement No 3, Valsayn; Kenwyn Charles, a 49-year-old clerk of the Couva/Tabaquite Regional Corporation of Fonrose Village, Rio Claro; Sadeeq Mohammed, a 30-year-old electrician and his 29-year-old brother Zaheer Mohammed, both of Bamboo Settlement No 2, Valsayn; Nizam Ali, a 29-year-old technician and his common-law wife, Renika Gayah, 26, both of Kanhai Street, Aranguez; James Rodgers, a 42-year-old farmer of Chuma Monka Avenue, Petit Valley; Brandon Dilbar, a 26-year-old of Evans Street, Curepe; and Irshad Ali, a 28-year-old administrative officer of Igneir Road, Valsayn, were all charged by officers of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB) after advice was received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard on Monday.

The accused are alleged to have received TT$22.5 million in salaries during the period 2011 to 2017 and were arrested during anti-crime exercises in the Petit Valley, Valsayn and St Augustine districts between 3:30 am and 12:00 pm on July 26.

Investigations into the matter were launched on September 30 following a report made by the SJLRC of irregularities revealed during an audit.

Acting Superintendent of the ACIB, Youssef Alexander, will be leading investigations. 


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