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On trail of $B woman

By NALINEE SEELAL and VASHTEE ACHIBAR Thursday, December 13 2012

ENGLAND’S famed Scotland Yard detectives are currently in Trinidad on the trail of a Belmont woman whom the sleuths believe is at the centre of a scam in which unsuspecting persons were fleeced of over £900 million (over TT$1 billion).

Three detectives arrived in the country last weekend and on Sunday, a 35-year-old woman was taken in for questioning. She was taken to the Port-of-Spain office of the Fraud Squad where both local and Scotland Yard detectives questioned her for several hours over the course of two days.

Fraud Squad head Snr Supt Vincel Edwards and senior Justice of the Peace Ackbar Khan were on hand during the interrogation process. It is believed that while living in England for ten years, the woman was the lead person behind a number of “paper” companies which scammed persons of hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to well placed sources, the woman returned to Trinidad last year and began living in Belmont with her husband who is a lawyer. She told police she is working in Trinidad as a “business consultant.”

After the interrogation, which was also done in the presence of the woman’s husband, she was allowed to leave on Tuesday evening. Sources said the woman was cooperative with the police and was advised not to leave the country and to make herself available for any further interviews.

Newsday understands the Scotland Yard officers began their probe into allegations that the Revenue Authority in England was fleeced of over £900 million over a ten year period.

This led to the Revenue Authority engaging the services of Scotland Yard to trace paper trails and to carry out a full-scale probe into a ghost accounting firm which employed over seven thousand persons in England.

Newsday was reliably informed the investigation began several years ago, leading to investigators coming to this country to interview the woman. Scotland Yard officers are expected to return to England on the weekend to engage with attorneys with a view to applying to the Commissioner of Police in the jurisdiction where the fraud is alleged to have taken place so that an application could be made for the woman to be extradited to England for further action.

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