An automotive rental businessman has filed a lawsuit against
the Attorney General, on behalf of the Police Service, for
failing to prosecute a client of his after he received bounced
cheques in 2000.
Larry Darmanie, of San Fernando, is also suing the client,
who he claimed issued him post-dated cheques totalling $30,000
for a car he rented.
The writ, which was filed in the San Fernando Supreme Court
on Friday by attorney Kevin Ratiram, claimed that when Darmanie
attempted to cash the cheques at a bank in San Juan, they
were dishonoured owing to insufficient funds.
Darmanie then went to the Fraud Squad in Port-of- Spain to
file a report.
When he realised the matter was not being investigated, Darmanie
went back to the Fraud Squad office in an attempt to retrieve
the cheques in 2001.
Despite numerous promises from one of the officers to return
the cheques, he has encountered difficulty in doing so.
According to Ratiram, through the failure of the police to
investigate the matter, his client has suffered loss and damage.
He is now accusing the State of failing to prefer criminal
charges against Darmanies client, knowing that
this would have prevented Darmanie from receiving compensation
via a court.
Furthermore, the writ stated that investigators knew failure
to return the cheques in a timely manner would affect his
client, since there would have been a four-year limitation
period within which Darmanie could institute a civil lawsuit
in the matter.
The suit gives the State eight days in which to reply.