MORE THAN 32 YEARS' SERVICE: Assistant Superintendent Mahabal Daljitsingh on his way to the Siparia Magistrates' Court yesterday to answer a fraud charge.
—Photo: DAVE PERSAD
Cop on fraud,
charges in court
ASSISTANT Superintendent of Police Mahabal Daljitsingh appeared in the Siparia Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with fraud and embezzlement amounting to close to $150,000.
Daljitsingh faced Magistrate Rae Roopchand charged with larceny of $130,320, fraudulently converting $10,320 and embezzling $3,032 and $5,864.40.
The alleged incidents occurred between May 2011 and April of this year.
Daljitsingh, who had more than 32 years in the Police Service, was charged by ASP Jimmy Palloo of the Police Complaints Division, after a warrant was issued on him yesterday morning.
He was led into court by Superintendent Franklin Sampath. The charges arose after an audit of money received at a police station from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA). The money was expected to be used as payment for extra duty worked by police officers directing traffic during a pipe-laying project at Mendez Village, Siparia.
Daljitsingh, of Siparia, appeared before Roopchand without legal representation.
Police prosecutor Dridgenath Sookraj made no objection to bail being granted and Daljitsingh was placed on $120,000 bail with Clerk of the Peace approval.
He will reappear in court on October 5.