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It is alleged that the victims paid
more than $1.3 million in packages for
the cruise advertised for April 2011, but
the couple allegedly failed to refund
them after the cruise was cancelled.
When asked about their attorneys,
Boodram said her attorney whom she
identified at the last court hearing as
Alvin Blazer, was representing her in
other matters at the Arima Magistrates’
And it appeared that Arjoonsingh had
a miscommunication with his attorney
Jagdeo Singh about the start date of
However, the magistrate said at the
last hearing she emphasised that the
matter was set to go on yesterday.
The magistrate read over the charges
to the accused before embarking on the
inquiry. The charge in the fraud mat-
ters allege that during the period May
to December 2010 at La Romaine with
intent to defraud caused or procured
to be delivered, paid or transferred to
Boodram, Arjoonsingh and the cruise
agency from the victims of various sums
of money under, upon or by virtue of a
forge instrument, namely a Wells Fargo
Bank irrevocable standby letter of
credit knowing same to be forge.
The sums of money ranged from
$4,000 to $62,000. The money laun-
dering charges against Boodram alleged
that in September 2010 she purchased
a Mercedes Benz for $621,042.45 and
in October 2010 bought a house and
land at Palmiste, San Fernando, for
more than $2 million, knowing that the
money was derived through fraudulent
The charges were laid by Cpl Vinelle
Bassarath, WPC Bernard and Sgt
Seecharan. Special prosecutor Elaine
Greene said she will be calling at least
Yesterday, three witnesses— retired
fire fighter Solomon Prince, 70, retired
teacher Carlton Cato and Senior Supt
Totaram Dookhie - gave evidence. Both
Boodram and Arjoonsingh reserved
cross examination of the witnesses. The
inquiry is expected to continue next
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Fraud cases against Vicky starts
Criminal proceedings against former cruise
agent Vicky Boodram and her ex-husband,
jointly charged with 107 fraud charges arising
from failed cruise ship packages, began in the
San Fernando Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Despite the absence of the defence attorneys,
Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine started
the preliminary inquiry.
Boodram is also charged with two money laun-
dering offences. The couple was initially charged
with 109 offences, but yesterday the magistrate
discharged them on two of the charges because
the prosecution could offer no evidence in those
matters as the victims have since died.
All the charges stemmed from failed Carib-
bean cruise ship packages offered by now de-
SEA pupils placed according to marks scored—Minister
Almost every year, parents complain that
they strongly believe that their children
who have sat the Secondary Entrance
Assessment (SEA) examination are being
zoned off and placed in schools in close
proximity to where they live.
However, this year, the Ministry of Ed-
ucation remains adamant that this is not
During yesterday’s media conference
chief education officer Harrilal Seecha-
ran, when asked on the issue, said that
it is not entirely correct to say that the
children are zoned off.
The media conference was held at the
Ministry of Education Headquarters, St
Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
Seecharan said that children are free to
choose whichever school they would like
to attend but it is only when a pupil falls
out of all their choices then the ministry
places them in a school closest to home.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia
also echoed Seecharan’s sentiments and
added that a child is placed according to
the marks they score.
With respect to 20 per cent of the
pupils being placed in denominational
schools, upon selection by the respective
principals, Garcia still indicated that still
in order for a child to be selected he or
she must make that satisfactory mark.
This year, 19,185 pupils are expected to
sit the examinations on May 3.
Retired fire officer Solomon Prince, leaves
the San Fernando First Magistrates’ Court
after testifying in the preliminary inquiry
into over 100 fraud charges against Vicky
Boodram and her ex-husband Ravi
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