|Wanted woman police officer arrested at Piarco airport |
By NALINEE SEELAL Friday, April 25 2014
A WOMAN police constable, who fled to the United Kingdom after being tipped off that she was being investigated for defrauding the Police Service of $400,000, was arrested yesterday morning by police shortly after she departed a flight at Piarco International Airport.
Police sources told Newsday last night that the WPC, while in the UK, contacted local police and indicated that she was returning home. She gave officers details of her flight and at 5.45 am yesterday, officers placed handcuffs on the woman’s wrists and took her into custody shortly after she disembarked from a Caribbean Airlines flight.
The woman is now at Fraud Squad office in Port-of-Spain where she is assisting detectives into at least 16 counts of fraud amounting to over $400,000.
Officers in the UK had assisted local police in locating the officer. The officers in the UK were contacted through the local Registrar General’s Department and Interpol after the officer was discovered to have skipped the country on learning that she was wanted on six warrants for defrauding the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
The officer who was last stationed at the office of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, reportedly fled her Chaguanas home, travelled to JFK in New York and then boarded a flight to the United Kingdom where she remained in hiding until her return home yesterday.
The officer, with close to eight years service, had claimed she was afflicted with a terminal type of Cancer and provided false medical records to the police finance branch. She then began claiming monies to seek medical treatment for cancer at Westshore Medical in Cocorite and the money she was able to secure from the Finance Branch amounted to $400,000 over a two-year period.
Newsday understands that she was assisted by civilian clerks and officers at the Finance branch, and this has led to some civilian staff being transferred.
It was only after the discrepancies in the vouchers were realised that the Fraud Squad was called in and a probe began.
Officers were able to get a statement from the doctor who the WPC claimed had diagnosed her with cancer, verifying he never gave such medical report to the officer.