accused: Vicky Boodram, facing several fraud charges, leave the San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

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Vicky, ex face magistrate

Out on $2m bail each...

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

FOR the first time since she was charged before the San Fernando Magistrates' Court, Vicky Boodram faced the magistrate out on bail.

Boodram was placed on $2 million bail in San Fernando on November 20 for 109 charges of fraud.

After facing the court in the past in handcuffs on these matters, Boodram walked forward from the public gallery yesterday when her name was called.

Representing herself, Boodram said defence attorney Larry Williams was engaged in a High Court matter and unable to attend.

Asked by Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington when she secured the $2 million bail, Boodram said she did so "late November" while at prison.

Wellington perused the file but said there were no bail bonds attached.

He made a note of this.

Boodram's estranged husband, Ravi Arjoonsingh, with whom she was jointly charged, stood a distance away from her.

He is also on $2 million bail, which Wellington said was secured on November 8.

Arjoonsingh is being represented by attorneys Jagdeo Singh and Keil Taklalsingh.

He and Boodram have been charged that back in 2010, they allegedly took more than $1.3 million from 109 people through fraudulent means and transferred it to themselves and the company Travel and Ship Ahoy Cruise Ltd.

Boodram, 30, of Siparia, is also facing the San Fernando court charged with two counts of money laundering and the Siparia court on three counts of fraud.

For those charges, she was placed on $4 million bail by a High Court judge in October and secured this bail two weeks later.

Last year, before the Port of Spain court, Boodram was granted $6 million bail on 20 charges of fraudulently receiving more than $5 million from customers for two cruise packages that failed to sail.

Arjoonsingh, who was jointly charged on 14 counts in Port of Spain, is on $3.5 million bail for those matters.

They will reappear in the San Fernando court on May 22.

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