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The two men, who yesterday appeared in court
jointly charged with five others accused of stealing
from Republic Bank Ltd, were each granted
$500,000 bail by Sangre Grande magistrate Ejenny
Jagdesh Ramnarine, 33, and Clyde Cox, 48, both
of Calcutta, Freeport, are charged with breaking
and entering into the bank s Sangre Grande branch
on March 1 and stealing over $4 million in local
and foreign currency.
Five other men --- Chaitram Mohammed, 27, of
Vega de Oropouche, Toco Road, Sangre Grande;
Navin Juteram, 34, of Mohammed Drive, Sangre
Grande; Jason Villafana, 41, of Guaico Village, Sangre
Grande; Kumar Narine, 21, of Freeport and Sateesh
Boodram, 33, of East Dinsley Gardens, Trincity---
are also charged with offences arising out of the
The five men were granted a total of $5.4 million
when they first appeared in court on Tuesday but
after Espinet reviewed their criminal records she
reduced their bail by almost half.
Juteram s bail was reduced to $500,000 from $1
million; Mohammed s to $650,000 from $1.3 million;
Narine s to $600,000; Villafana to $500,000 and
Boodram to $500,000. All seven men are to re-
appear on April 10.
Juteram, Mohammed and Narine are additionally
charged with two other men with robbing two men
using personal violence and attempting to break
and enter the automated banking machine (ABM)
at Royal Bank of Canada on January 17. They are
to reappear with their co-accused at the Mayaro
Magistrates Court on March 24.
The three, along with Ramnarine, Cox and Vil-
lafana, are accused of breaking and entering RBL
on March 1 and stealing the money. Juteram and
Boodram are charged with receiving money knowing
it to be stolen. Juteram is alleged to have received
$46,800, while Boodram allegedly received $2.1
million of the loot.
Police reported that around 12.30 am on March
1 they received a report from the security company
which provided surveillance for the Sangre Grande
branch of Republic Bank that the bank s back door
The police later found the vault emptied of its
contents, which had included deposit boxes and
cash, including US, English, Eastern Caribbean and
European Union currency.
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African scammers targetting locals...
for 13th MARCH, 2014
Members of the public are being advised
not to disclose any personal information
over the phone to strangers.
The warning comes after several text mes-
sages, claiming to be from the Central Bank
and the Telecommunications Services of
T&T (TSTT) ,told local recipients they had
won prizes and money and to seek to collect
However, the texts proved to be a ploy
by foreign-based scammers conning unsus-
pecting people out of their money.
In the case of the Central Bank, people
across Trinidad yesterday complained they
received several texts claiming they had won
$50,000 and telling them to visit the bank
for further information and to receive the
The phone numbers are ten digits long
and from various area codes. However,
attempts to contact and text the numbers
Nevertheless, people yesterday visited the
bank at Independence Square, Port-of-
Spain, hoping the messages were genuine.
The T&T Guardian learned that the Cen-
tral Bank was bombarded with over 200
calls and visits by midday yesterday from
people claiming to have won the money.
Some were visibly upset and argued with
members of staff after learning it was a
hoax, complaining they spent "real money
calling them back."
The T&T Guardian later learned that after
complaints from citizens, TSTT quickly put
a block on the numbers and traced the calls
and texts and discovered they were coming
from Somalia in Africa and being routed
What the texts said:
Some of the messages said:
• "Winner call now free and receive your
new car or it will be cancelled or transferred
to another winner."
•"Urgent appeal get your car from the
director of telemarketing of T&T."
• "Central Bank of T&T you are invited
to receive your check of $50,000. Call and
learn about the place of receipt."
Central Bank: We
don't give out cash
In an interview yesterday at the Central
Bank, corporate communications manager
Charlene Ramdhanie said the bank was
investigating the hoax.
"We have been in touch with law enforce-
ment officers and we are also conducting
investigations because the bank does not
give out money," she said.
Ramdhanie strongly advised members of
the public not to give out any information
over the phone.
The T&T Guardian was informed that
some of the texts or callers were asked for
their name, address, how many children
they had and their bank account number
and e-mail address.
The Central Bank reiterated that it did
not give out money, adding competitions
held by the bank give out units from Unit
Trust and not cash.
One of the recipients, Joy Marchan, said
her daughter, a Standard Five student,
received several of the messages on her
phone yesterday morning.
When asked about the text, Chelsea
Haynes, who is an aspiring lawyer, said she
did not believe the messages at first.
"I did not believe it but I said we will buy
all that we want to get because the gov-
ernment gives us nothing and everything
will be ok," she said.
Another of the recipients, who visited
the Central Bank early yesterday, said she
was told they would contact her in three
"I left Chaguanas to come here. At first
I did not believe it but decided to see if it
was true. I don t know why people would
do that," she said.
Joy Marchan shows the text she message she received yesterday notifying her to collect
and cash a cheque at Central Bank, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Ignore bogus overseas texts too
TSTT says mobile service customers
have also received text messages urging
them to call an international number
that starts with the digits "002522973"
or just "2522973." However, calls to the
numbers result in charges being credited
for international calls.
In a media release yesterday, TSTT
said the messages were not from the
organisation and told customers to
disregard text messages from numbers
with which they were not familiar.
"These messages originate from an
international source and returning calls
to them can result in customers
incurring significant costs which are to
be paid to an overseas carrier.
"Customers should therefore treat
these messages as hoax offers. The
company is monitoring activities
associated with the text messages and
will take all reasonable action to
safeguard the interests of customers,"
the release said.
There was an error in a business story published
on March 1 in the amount that Petrotrin is owed
The correct number is TT$578,193,620.17 or
US$90,342,753.15 for product purchases, for
November 2013-January 2014. NP officials said
that was a normal occurrence in their operations
and was usually cleared up in a prompt manner.
Our apologies for the error.
GETTING IT RIGHT
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