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Guard on 5 fraud charges

Published: 
Friday, July 13, 2018

A Tabaquite man, accused of fraudulently receiving money, has appeared before a San Fernando magistrate to answer five fraud offences.

Stephan James Gomez, 34, a security officer of the Special Elite Investigations Services Ltd., appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with obtaining TT$11,880 by false pretences, two counts of forgery of a valuable security and two counts of uttering a forged valuable security.

Gomez was granted $75,000 bail with surety and the matter was adjourned to August 8.

The Police Service said the accused, of Sandhill Trace, Tabaquite, is alleged to have unlawfully obtained the cash from the owners of a grocery store where he was attached, by purporting that he was authorised by the security firm to receive monies for and on their behalf.

It was later learnt that Gomez was not in a position to do same and requests for a reimbursement proved futile.

As a result a report was made by the victim to the Fraud Squad leading to an investigation being launched and supervised by acting senior Supt Totaram Dookhie of the Fraud Squad.

Gomez was arrested on Monday and subsequently charged by WPC Michelle Kissoonsingh, of the Fraud Squad.

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