Wednesday 28 October, 2020

WPC charged with fraud, granted bail

Accused police officer Sumanta Denise Darcel Davidson. (Photo: Courtesy the TTPS.)

Accused police officer Sumanta Denise Darcel Davidson. (Photo: Courtesy the TTPS.)

A 35-year-old female police officer was offered $250,000 bail when she appeared before Justice of the Peace Stephen Young to answer fraud-related charges after allegedly submitting a forged CSEC certificate.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said in a statement today that WPC Sumanta Denise Darcel Davidson was charged with three counts of uttering a forged document and two counts of obtaining money under false pretences.

The accused, who was last attached to the North-Eastern Division, will next appear in court on November 6.

The TTPS said it’s alleged that in October 2012 Davidson applied for employment as a data entry operator at the IT department of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

She tendered a certificate of results with the following CSEC grades: Biology General (II), Chemistry General (II), English Language General (II), Geography General (II), Mathematics General (II), Principles of Accounts General (II), Social Studies General (II).

Davidson was successful and commenced work at the TTPS, as a data entry operator for a period of two years and three months.

The TTPS said on October 2, 2014, she reportedly went to the Police Academy, Saaman Drive, St James, where she tendered an application for employment along with a certificate of results with the following CSEC grades: Biology General (II), Chemistry General (II), English Language General (II), Geography General (II), Mathematics General (ll), Principle of Accounts (ll).

In the month of February 2015, while at the Arima Police Station, the accused was vetted by a background investigator attached to the Police Training Academy.

While being interviewed, the accused again produced a Caribbean Examination Council Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) with the following grades: Biology General (II), Chemistry General (II), English Language General (II), Geography, General (II), Mathematics General (II), Principles of Accounts General (II), Social Studies General (II), which was then certified by the investigator.

The accused was subsequently chosen to be a police recruit and trained at the Police Training Academy. On March 23, 2016, the accused took the oath of office and was sworn in to be a police officer.

Sometime in 2016, the accused graduated as a police officer and was placed in the North Eastern Division to perform duties as a police officer until she was suspended in 2018, having received salaries in excess of $350,000.

The TTPS said that on January 27, 2017, an anonymous report was made to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) Port of Spain, and WP Corporal Carthy was detailed to investigate.

The file was subsequently handed over acting Cpl Bissessar to continue investigation on August 22, 2019.

Extensive Investigations were conducted and documents obtained from the Ministry of Education, the Arima Secondary School and CXC Barbados.

Enquiries were also conducted at the Police Administration Building, Human Resource Department and the Finance Department.

The investigation revealed that the accused reportedly wrote the Caribbean Examination Council Secondary Education Certificate Examination in June 2001 at the Arima Senior Comprehensive School.

The records also showed that she obtained the following grades; Biology General (V), Chemistry General (V), English (A) General (II), Mathematics General (IV), and Physics General (V).

The accused was subsequently arrested, told of the allegations and cautioned and interviewed in the presence of her attorney.

She was subsequently charged on the advise of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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