BUSINESSWOMAN Vicky Boodram was granted bail on three fraud charges by a Siparia magistrate, but was returned to jail because she has been denied bail for two offences of money laundering in the San Fernando Magistrates' Court.
On Monday Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan read five charges against her and transferred the fraud matters to Siparia.
Siparia First Court Magistrate Rae Roopchand told Boodram she was accused of uttering three false job letters at First Citizens Bank, Siparia, on August 29, 2007 and also obtained a Visa card with a $15,000 credit limit by fraudulent means on that day.
Roopchand raised issue with one of the charges being laid under a section of the Forgery Act that did not exist and the prosecutor asked for a chance to make the amendment.
Defence attorney Jason Jackson did not object.
Jackson applied for bail for Boodram, owner of Boodram's Travel and Tours and Ship Ahoy Cruises.
He said Boodram, 30, had surrendered her passport and she was not a flight risk.
He spoke of the 19 other fraud charges Boodram faced before the Port of Spain Court which alleged that she received more than $5 million from customers for two failed cruise packages.
She is out on $6 million bail in those matters.
Her estranged husband Ravi Arjoonsingh is on $3.5 million bail after he was jointly charged with Boodram in 14 of the matters.
Jackson told Roopchand that the charges she faces before the Siparia court arose from an alleged incident back in 2007.
Asked by the magistrate about her being denied bail over this past week, Jackson said the charges before the San Fernando court were of a different nature and carried a heftier penalty to the ones she faced in Siparia.
Boodram was told to return to court on October 5.