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A couple and a former employee
of Eastern Credit Union were among
five people who appeared in court
yesterday for allegedly defrauding
the institution of over $1.5 million.
Darryl Katwaroo, Christopher
Tiwari, Clyde Henry and Krishna and
Roupatie Maharaj were released on
bail after appearing before Magistrate
Christine Charles in the Port-of-
Spain First Court. They were not
called upon to plead to the charges
which were laid indictably.
They are accused of being part of
a conspiracy to defraud the bank by
using fraudulent documents to obtain
loans for the purchase of several lux-
The offences are alleged to have
taken place between November 2009
and February 5, the following year.
Although the payments for the vehi-
cles were issued by the credit union
to people purporting to be legitimate
car dealers but there was no transfer
of the vehicles.
A report was made to the Fraud
Squad, last year after the credit union
discovered that the transaction did
not take place. The money has since
been recovered by police, after several
months of investigation by detective
Cpl Addison Kistow.
Katwaroo, 37, a former loans officer
at the credit union, from Nolan Street,
Felicity, was charged with four
offences for his role in allegedly
approving the loans at the credit
union s branch at Eastern Main Road,
Barataria. Katwaroo, who had no prior
convictions, was granted $120,000
Tiwari, a real estate agent, and
Henry, a carpenter, were charged with
obtaining the loans for the vehicles
--- a Mercedes Benz, a BMW, a Nissan
Navara and a Toyota Fortuner.
Tiwari, 32, of Longdenville,
Chaguanas, who has pending charges
for other fraud offences, is accused
of being part of three of the illegal
deals. He was granted $200,000 bail.
Henry, from Tacarigua, is alleged to
have been part of one transaction and
was granted $70,000 bail.
The Maharajs, both directors of M
& S Auto Dealership in Cunupia, were
joinly charged for receiving a payment
from the credit union s account for
one of the vehicles. They were each
granted $70,000 bail.
Police prosecutor Sgt Callistas
Charles did not object to bail for the
group but he did note that the Fraud
Squad s investigation into the case
was still ongoing with more suspects
expected to be charged.
Charles also indicated that a State
attorney from the Office of the Direc-
tor of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will
have to be appointed to prosecute the
The group, which was represented
by Patrick Godson-Phillip and Rick
Ramparas, will reappear in court on
Five in court on $1.5m
CU fraud charges
A doubles vendor was burned on her upper body
when hot oil spilled on her after an accident involv-
ing a Public Transport Service Commission (PTSC)
Radica Ramroop, 21, a mother of two, of Taitt
Madhoo Road, Freeport was frying doubles on the
back of a van around 5 am on Tuesday, at Railway
Road, Couva, when the driver of a bus collided with
She said she fell and hot oil fell spilled on her. She
was burnt on her hands, neck and feet.
She said a fire ignited at the back of the van but
it was quickly extinguished by other vendors. She
was taken to the Couva District Health Facility treat-
ment by her husband.
Ramroop said she was unable to work for her
employer, Roma Pooran, who owns the doubles van.
Pooran said bus drivers along Railway Road had
a habit of operating vehicles with a level of arrogance
and a lack of due care an attention.
Shayam Mohammed, another doubles vendor, said
vendors had been operating out of the Couva car
park for more than a decade.
Mohammed said the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo
Regional Corporation decided to relocate only doubles
vendors from the car park and squeeze them into
a small spot at Railway Road.
He said doubles vendors were being discriminated
against by the corporation since other food vendors
were being allowed to sell in the public car park.
Mohammed said their present location was not only
dangerous but contributed to traffic congestion.
Mohammed said he went to speak with corpo-
ration s chairman Henry Awong on Tuesday. However,
Mohammed said Awong s secretary told him that
Awong was out of the office and that vendors would
not be allowed to use the car park.
"I don t know since when the secretary giving
orders," he said.
Mohammed said doubles vendors were willing to
pay rent for places in the car park. Mohammed said
he wanted to know why some vendors were being
favoured to use the car park.
Awong did not return any calls to the T&T
Guardian or respond to text messages sent to his
Hot oil burns
Bus collides with stall...
Doubles fryer Radica Ramroop who suffered burns to her hand after a PTSC bus crashed into her doubles van
yesterday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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