Sunday, February 25, 2018

40 charges for fraud-accused cop

...he alleged bought car, washing machine with bedridden pensioner's money

Police constable Brandon Parris who faces 40 fraud charges is escorted from the San Fernando Magistrates Court. Photo: TREVOR WATSON

A police officer who allegedly bought a car, cellular phones, furniture and a washing machine with money he allegedly stole from a 72-year-old bed-ridden pensioner appeared in court today charged with 40 offences.

Constable Brandon Parris, who was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Force for two years appeared before the San Fernando Magistrates' Court on charges of fraudulent transactions which over a seven week period.

Parris, 23, of Marabella faced senior magistrate Nannette Forde- John. He was charged with nine offences of larceny of cheque leaves, nine forgery charges and nine charges that he uttered to Republic Bank Limited cheques between October 12 2015 and November 30 2015 knowing the cheques were forged. Parris also faced a total of nine charges of obtaining a total of $83,100 by false pretences. He also had four money laundering charges read to him that he purchased a $25,000 Nissan B13 car, two phones, a seven-piece dining room set and a twin tub washer.

The indictable charges were laid by corporal Badree of the San Fernando Fraud Squad.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan objected to bail based on the number of offences allegedly committed over the period of time. He said should the court however grant bail, Parris should have to report to the police station, have no contact with the alleged victim and surrender his passport.

Defence attorney Subhas Panday said the father of two , the younger two months old, had no issue with conditions being attached. He however said that Parris was not the holder a passport.

Forde-John placed the officer on $250,000 bail with a cash alternative of $75,000. The magistrate ordered that Parris report to the San Fernando Fraud Squad office twice a week and have no contact with the alleged victim. She also told him that he was prohibited from going within 500 metres of the elderly man's Marabella address.

The matters were adjourned to March 16.

Twelve of the matters for the Couva area were transferred to that court for Friday. Badree was remanded into custody until then.

Investigations into the matter were spearheaded by senior superintendent Totaram Dookie, ASP Ken Ghisyawan and included corporals Ramdath, Bachoo and Hosein, constables Cummings, Lively-John, Kissoonsingh, Solozano and Lutchman.