PORT-OF-SPAIN – CORRUPTION accused Michael Carew, the long-time companion of former public administration minister Marlene McDonald, is still to access the bail he was granted last week Monday.
Carew, 72, McDonald, 61, as well as Wayne Anthony, 66, Victor McEachrane, 65 and Edgar Zephyrine, 75, have been charged with corruption and money laundering offences and were granted bail by Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court, last Monday.
But Carew and Anthony remain in prison having been unsuccessful in securing their respective bail.
Legal sources said that Carew and Anthony’s relatives attempted to get approval of the bail last Friday and yesterday. They were denied since the Clerk of the Peace assigned to the court was absent from work.
Therefore, it means that Carew and Anthony have spent the past week at the remand yard at the Port-of-Spain State Prison on Frederick Street.
The five are facing 49 charges over attempts to defraud the government by allegedly procuring funds for Carew’s Calabar Foundation, under the guise that it was a charity.
McDonald, 61, is facing seven charges – two for conspiracy to defraud, four for misbehaviour in public office and one for money laundering. She only secured her freedom last Friday as she had been warded at the St Clair Medical Centre after being formally charged last week Sunday.
Carew is facing eight charges – three conspiracy to defraud and five money laundering. He was granted $500,000 bail.
Zephyrine, 75, the former chairman of the National Commission of Self Help, was slapped with 28 charges – one for conspiracy to defraud and 27 money laundering. He was granted $1 million bail.
McEachrane has three fraud charges and three money laundering charges. He is on $400,000 bail.
Anthony was charged with one money laundering offence. He has to secure $100,000 bail.
McEachrane was the first to access his bail as it was approved within hours of the group’s court appearance. Two days later, Zephyrine accessed his.
McDonald fell ill before her initial court appearance and bail was granted in her absence.
The group is scheduled to reappear before Busby-Earle-Caddle on September 9.