Trinidad police officer facing 100 fraud related charges

Definition of fraudPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday April 29, 2014, CMC – A 40 year-old police officer will return to court on May 2 to answer 100 charges of allegedly defrauding the Police Service of nearly TT$400,000 (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents).

The female police officer, Elizabeth Hope, a 10-year veteran, was released on TT$350,000 bail when she appeared before a Port-of-Spain court on Monday.

She was not called upon to plead to the charges that were laid indictably.

The police allege that Hope, between 2010 and last March, with the assistance of another woman, Cherisse Austin, who is also before the court, allegedly tendered false bills and receipts of medical services done with an official stamp from a doctor.

Hope also billed the Police Service for medication she allegedly received while she was supposedly undergoing treatment for cancer.

The court was told that Hope had informed the police’s Finance Branch that she was ill with cancer and forwarded to them a number of receipts for treatment she allegedly received as well as medication, all purported to have been signed off by a doctor named in the charge.

The prosecution had objected to bail citing Hope as a flight risk. But her defence lawyer, Keith Scotland, disagreed submitting that his client, who was abroad on 21 days sick leave, had immediately returned to the island after finding out about the investigation against her.

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