Monday, December 18, 2017

$120,000 bail for principal, teacher


THE principal and physical education teacher at the Fyzabad Secondary School appeared in court today each charged with six fraud offences.

Principal Troy Jebodhsingh was charged with two offences of misbehaviour in public office as the principal at the Fyzabad Secondary school by submitting an A'Level recommendation form with O'Level results to the school supervisor knowing the students were not bona fide students at the school or qualified to pursue CAPE.

This allegedly happened on September 6 at the Ministry of Education office in San Fernando..

It was also alleged that Guapo Road, Fyzabad on September 5 he signed a declaration on the Secondary School Football League Player Registration Form for the Fyzabad Secondary School authorising the student to participate in the Secondary School Football League - Premier League, knowing they were not bona fide students and not qualified to pursue CAPE.

Teacher Nigel Lakhan was charged that at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on September 5, he uttered to a forged Secondary School Football League Player application registration form bearing the stamp and the signature of the principal at the Fyzabad Secondary School knowing it to be forged and with intent to defraud.

It was also alleged that at Guapo Road, Fyzabad he intended to defraud forged a Secondary School Football League application registration form bearing the school's stamp and the signature of the principal.

They were jointly charged that at the Ministry of Education on September 5 they twice uttered a forged CXC Caribbean Secondary Education certificate knowing same to be forged and with intent to defraud.

Jebodhsingh, 50, has been in the teaching service for 27 years and was a police officer for four years. He was represented by attorney Chateram Sinanan.

Attorney Chris Ramlal represented Lakhan,  a teacher for 21 years.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan made no objection to bail but reminded that the matters were laid  indictably. Charges were laid by Sgt Smith of the Fraud Squad.

Jebodhsingh was placed on a total of $120,000 bail with a total cash alternative of $15,000. The bail will cover the matters in San Fernando and Siparia.

Lakhan was placed on a total of $120,000 bail to cover the three charges with a total cash alternative of $15,000. These will cover the charges in the three areas San Fernando, Couva and Siparia. They will both reappear in the different courts next week.