Paying False Salaries: US Citizen, 2 Others in Court

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THREE persons, including a US citizen appeared before a Master of the High Court on Monday charged with multiple counts of Larceny. 

A release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on Tuesday stated that Amryl Pierre, 36, of Arima, was charged with 24 counts of falsification of accounts and two counts of larceny. 

She was also jointly charged with Vanessa Brown, 40, a US Citizen, who resides in D’Abadie, with one count of larceny in the sum of $9,533.28 and Ailan Garcia, 34, of Valencia, with one count of Larceny in the sum of $21,698.58.

The trio appeared before Master Shabana Shah in the Arima High Court on Monday.

Pierre was granted bail in the sum of $175,000 with surety to cover all charges. 

As conditions of bail, she is to reside at her Arima address and report to a police station one day a week between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm. 

Brown was granted bail in the sum of $50,000 with surety and is to reside in the D’Abadie district. Her US passport is to be handed over to the Registrar of the High Court by May 15th, 2024 and report to a police station one day every other week.

Meanwhile, Garcia was granted bail in the sum of $65,000 with surety and is to reside in Valencia. He is to report to the Valencia Police Post one day every other week. 

The facts of the case stated that in November 2019, a security company made a report that as a result of an audit conducted, it was discovered that during the period April 2019 and October 2019, a female employee allegedly falsified the records of the payroll system, by inserting the names of former employees, by putting the banking information of two other suspects, knowing they were not entitled to the salaries. The suspects’ accounts were credited and the sums withdrawn.

On May 8th, 2024, an operation was spearheaded by Snr Supt Groome, Supt Lutchman and ASP Job all of Fraud Squad, in the Eastern and Northern North Divisions which resulted in the arrest of the three suspects. 

The trio was charged with the offences by PC Lutchman also of the Fraud Squad on May 10, 2024.

All matters were postponed to June 5, 2024.

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