|Banker on fraud charges |
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Thursday, May 9 2013
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CAMERA SHY: Royal Bank Ltd teller Coleen Wilson hides her face as she leaves Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday after she appeared on several ...
ROYAL Bank Limited (RBL) employee Coleen Wilson and a man yesterday appeared in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court to answer a combined total of 22 fraud charges arising out of the alleged cashing of several senior citizens’ pension cheques.
Wilson, 28, and Keron Morris, 31, both of Upper Irving Street, Petit Bourg, were subsequently granted a total of $270,000 bail to cover all respective charges. They were not called on to plead when they appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael, who read out the charges against the two in the Third Court.
The duo are jointly charged with six offences which allegedly occurred at Royal Bank’s Independence Square, Port-of-Spain branch between last week Wednesday and Thursday.
Raphael read the charges which alleged that the two with intent to defraud, obtained from the bank the sum of $3,000 for each TT government senior citizens pension cheque dated May 1, 2013. The affected pensioners include Masmood Mohammed, Egna Ramsoon, Zina Ali, Muntaz Ali, Dharpatie Poon and Nina Ramrattan.
Wilson was charged with six other offences which allegedly occurred last week Wednesday and Thursday (May 1 and 2). The magistrate read out the charges which allege that Wilson being a clerk or servant to RBC situated at Independence Square, Port-of Spain, willfully and with intent to defraud did put the cheques into an account in her name. Woman Cpl Murray of the Fraud Squad laid the charges.
Attorneys Patrick Godson-Phillip and Shontel Hinds represented Wilson and Morris respectively. Godson-Phillip told Raphael that his client works at RBC and was in custody since Friday last. He added that this is Wilson’s first court appearance ever and in requesting reasonable bail, said she has strong family ties.
Hinds noted that Morris is the father of four young children and is the bread winner of his home. The attorney said she was not only asking for reasonable bail but also “accessible bail” for her client. On the six joint charges, Magistrate Raphael granted each of the accused $80,000 surety bail. She granted Wilson $50,000 surety for the six charges in which she was charged alone. The magistrate ordered that as a condition to the bail bond both Wilson and Morris report to the San Juan Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 6 am and 6 pm.
Morris was also charged with ten counts of receiving TT government cheques between April 29 and May 3, at Petit Bourg in San Juan, knowing same to be stolen or unlawfully obtained. The cheques were valued 79 cents each. The alleged victims are Dolly Falchan, Dhanwalie Gajadhar Ramdeo, Deonarine Phagoo, Dolly Suenath, Ramdass Ramrattan, Ulric Simon Bradshaw, Kamla Suikaran, Khadijah Ali, Dean Ramjit and Imran Mohammed. The charges were laid indictably and Morris was not called upon to plea.
Raphael granted him $60,000 bail to cover the ten other charges. She ordered that he report to the San Juan Police Station on Mondays , Wednesdays and Saturdays between 6 am and 6 pm. The case was adjourned to June 5.