A MAN pretending to be from the Presbyterian Church Board obtained 32 mobile phones using a fraudulent manager’s cheque.
Police reported on Thursday that Kern Andrews, 35 of Tarouba, was charged for obtaining goods by false pretences.
He appeared virtually before San Fernando Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan and was granted bail in the sum of $200,000 to be approved by the Registrar of the Court or a cash alternative of $30,000.
According to reports, contact was made with the mobile phone dealers on January 8, by someone purporting to be from the Presbyterian Church Board. The quantity of cell phones was requested and delivery scheduled for the following day.
Andrews, a taxi-driver allegedly met with the delivery personnel from the company and presented a manager’s cheque valued at $54,420 from a reputable banking institution. The cheque was accepted and the phones handed over, however, when the cheque was deposited to the company’s account, it was found to be fraudulent.
He was charged on February 26 after investigations led by Sgt Seepersad, including acting Cpl Lewis and other officers of the Fraud Squad South Office along with PC Ramlal of the Marabella Police Station. He is expected to reappear before the court on March 29.