Thursday, February 22, 2018

Debe woman pleads guilty to fraud charges


'remorseful': Ronisha Boodram, left, is escorted out of San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday after appearing on fraud charges. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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A Debe woman was yesterday given until New Year's Eve to pay $13,000 for attempting to defraud a Marabella businesswoman.

Ronisha Boodram, also known as Danielle Bryce, 26, pleaded guilty in the San Fernando Magistrates First Court on three counts of attempting to defraud Vanessa Sutherland, owner of Computer Synethics, at Gopaul's Shopping Complex, Union Park East, Marabella.

The incident occurred on October 28, 2011.

Court prosecutor Cleon Seedan read that Boodram, a mother of two, ages eight and nine, walked into the business place and asked to purchase an HP laptop computer, valued at $5,995.

Seedan said the woman tendered a Republic Bank Visa card and a Trinidad and Tobago driver's permit, both in her name, for payment.

He said Sutherland became suspicious of the documents and made a report to Marabella Police Station. Boodram was arrested at the store.

Boodram was charged on three counts for uttering a fraudulent driver's permit and Visa card with the intent to defraud Sutherland.

Seedan said after the woman was arrested, she told constable Moses that she got the bank card and driver's permit from a man for $4,000.

He said further inquiries revealed that the driver's permit was registered to one Richard Ramdath from Couva and the Republic Bank Visa card to Christina Kissoon.

Boodram's attorney El Farouk Hosein said his client was remorseful for what she had done.

He said: "Not to take away from the seriousness, but she has pleaded guilty. Because of her youth and her domestic problems...she has two children and she is separated from her children's father. She has a pending matter and I ask that you not impose a term of incarceration on her. She was misled by the company she kept."

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington said he was confused by the four different names she was known to the police by and three different addresses--in Woodbrook, Palmiste and Debe--that she gave to the police.

Boodram was fined $5,000 each for the false driver's permit and the bank card or in default serve a term of 12 months' imprisonment on each count.

She was also fined $3,000 for attempting to defraud Sutherland, or in default six months.