Saturday, December 16, 2017

More charges for Vicky Boodram

JUST two weeks after securing $4 million bail on a number of fraud, money-laundering and forgery charges, businesswoman Vicky Boodram was back in jail after she reappeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday on an additional 109 fraud-related offences.

Boodram appeared before Magistrate Anna Ryan yesterday evening in the Eighth Court charged with the offences which are alleged to have taken place between July 10 and September 14, 2010 in La Romaine.

She is jointly charged with her estranged husband Ravi Arjoonsingh and her company Travel and Ship Ahoy Cruise Ltd with the offences.

It is alleged that a total of $1,386,950 million was taken from 109 people through fraudulent means, and transferred to Boodram, Arjoonsingh and the business.

The businesswoman was brought to the courthouse from the Central Police Station shortly before 9 a.m., but did not appear before Ryan until 4.30 p.m. The magistrate took almost two hours to read the charges.

Defence attorney Larry Williams said his client was recently discharged from hospital suffering from hypertension and a heart-related problems.

He said, given her present health condition, bail should be granted. The attorney added that Boodram is currently out on $4 million bail for the matters before the San Fernando Court and an another $6 million bail for several other matters before the Port of Spain Court.

Ryan, however, said she was not willing to grant bail and preferred to have a magistrate at the San Fernando Court to deal with the issue.

Boodram was denied bail and remanded in custody at the Women's Prison in Arouca. She will reappear in the San Fernando Court on November 20.