Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 29th 2014 Contents A7
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Antilles, Standing Seam, Tropical Tile, Corrugated
Framing (& materials), construction, installation
FLASHINGS & INSULATION
GUTTERING & SOFFITS
Guttering in various colours (roll form on site option)
PURLINS & I-BEAMS
Free Online Roo ng Estimates
*Free site visits and estimates
Decking & Roo ng accessories also available
Duncan Village- 657-9910
Diego Martin- 637-0028
Pt Lisas- 636-3112
Penal - 647-2541
Available at all:
parking at all
on GLIDDEN &
Check stores for details
A woman police constable
accused of fleecing close to
$400,000 from her employer,
using fraudulent medical bills for
cancer treatment has been released
on $350,000 bail.
WPC Elizabeth Hope, 40, of Ole-
ander Drive, Edinburgh 500, was
granted bail after she appeared in
the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court yesterday on 100 fraud
offences which occurred between
2010 and last March while she was
assigned to the Anti-Kidnapping
Hope, a single mother, with sons
aged 15 and 21, was dressed in a dark
grey business suit and stood silently
with her hands clasped in front of
her as the charges were read by
Magistrate Christine Charles.
The officer spoke only to confirm
her name and was not called upon
to plead to the charges which were
Hope, who has more than ten
years service as a police officer, is
accused of forging multiple receipts
for cancer treatment at the private
West Shore Medical Hospital,
She was also jointly charged with
Cherrise Austin, a former employee
of the hospital, with forging receipts
using the stamp of Dr Dilip Dan, a
general surgeon at the hospital.
Austin had been charged previously
and appeared before Charles earlier
According to the details listed on
the charges, the forged receipts were
for alleged treatment which consisted
of stomach and colon biopsies, sev-
eral injections and medication as
well as routine doctor visits.
Each forgery charge was accom-
panied by a corresponding one where
Hope is accused of uttering the
forged documents in claims made
to the Police Service (TTPS) s
Finance Branch at the Police Admin-
istration Building, Port-of-Spain.
In addition, Hope also was slapped
with several charges for using the
forged documents to obtain almost
$400,000 from the TTPS and the
After taking almost two hours to
read the charges, inclusive of a couple
of breaks where Charles stood the
matter down and returned to court
moments later, the magistrate invited
the police prosecutor to make sub-
missions on the issue of bail.
Prosecutor Insp Joseph Darceuil
stated he believed that Hope was a
flight risk and should be denied bail.
He said Hope had left the country
earlier this month without following
a TTPS protocol where officers left
foreign contact information with the
office of the Police Commissioner
before embarking on overseas trips.
Hope reportedly travelled to the
United States, then to the United
Kingdom before eventually returning
home last Thursday.
He also claimed that forcing Hope
to surrender her passport to the
court may be ineffective in prevent-
ing her leaving the country before
her trial begins.
"If someone surrenders their
passport there is no communication
to the Immigration Department and
to the police. There is nothing pre-
venting them from reporting their
passport stolen and going to Immi-
gration to get a replacement,"
Darceuil also indicated a prose-
cutor from the Office of the Director
of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would
have to be assigned to the case as
Hope could not be prosecuted by
Hope s lawyer, Keith Scotland,
took issue with Darceuil s claims on
his client, describing them as
Scotland noted his client was on
legitimate sick leave when she left
the country and was not extradited
from the United Kingdom but
instead returned on her own volition.
"At the time of the surrender there
was no issuance of any warrant for
her arrest. She surrendered willingly,"
Charles eventually agreed with
Scotland s submissions and granted
Hope bail. She ordered her to sur-
render her passport.
To satisfy Darceuil s concerns,
Charles stated she would send a let-
ter to Immigration officials indicating
Hope should not be issued a new
passport for the duration of the case.
The officer is also being repre-
sented by attorneys Larry Williams
and Chase Pegus.
Hope will reappear in court along-
side Austin on Friday.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams said the probe into the leak of reports
by the Police Service and the Police Complaints
Authority (PCA) into the new "Flying Squad"
is ongoing and he was awaiting a report
expected to be submitted to him on May 23.
He was fielding questions from members of
the media at the opening ceremony of the Asso-
ciation of Caribbean Commissioners of Police
at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, yester-
Williams said he already had instructed Assis-
tant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deodath
Dulalchan to head the investigation.
"He has by way of direction May 23 as the
target date for completion of that investigation
or to report back to me the progress of that
investigation. I will not be checking with him
of a daily basis," Williams said.
Two weeks ago Opposition Senator Faris Al-
Rawi disclosed portions of the PCA report while
speaking in Parliament.
Lucky had been quoted as denying the leak
came from the PCA.
$350,000 bail for WPC on 100 fraud charges
Banfield, of Marabella
School, tries to give a
high five to Arrive
while wearing fatal-
vision glasses, which
someone's vision, at
the opening of
Week at Gasparillo
Top cop awaits report
on 'Flying Squad' leak
Have an opinion? Log on to guardian.co.tt to post your comments
Links Archive April 28th 2014 April 30th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page