Monday, January 22, 2018

Fraud suspect WPC surrenders to cops


back from new york: Elizabeth Hope

Mark Fraser

 Woman police constable Elizabeth Hope is expected to appear before  a Port of Spain magistrate on Monday after surrendering to police yesterday morning.

 Hope, 40, was advised to return to Trinidad to face charges stemming from an investigation in which she allegedly racked up over $150,000 in overtime payments, sources said.

After leaving Trinidad last month, Hope went to New York, USA, where she stayed with relatives.

It is understood plans were underway to have the policewoman extradited, but investigating officers were told she would return to assist with the investigation.

Hope exited the plane yesterday at the Piarco International Airport and was arrested by detectives of the Fraud Squad.

In an interview with the Express last month, public relations officer of the T&T Police Service, ASP Joanne Archie, said: “Warrants have been issued for her arrest by the police. At the moment she cannot be found and checks are being made as investigations continue. Interpol has been asked to assist.”

Hope, according to previous Express reports, first worked at the Administration Department, later moving to the Repeat Offenders Programme (ROPE), the Anti-Kidnapping Squad and then to the Criminal Investigation Department at Police Administration Building where she worked as a criminal profiler.

Acting Sgt Anthony St Clair of the Fraud Squad is continuing investigations into the matter.  (DR)