Five licensing accused appear in Court

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Five licensing accused appear in Court

The five men arrested in connection with fraudulent activities at the Liscensing division appeared in Court before a Port of Spain Magistrate Adia Mohammed yesterday. They include Dwayne Thomas, 34, Harripersad Ramjattan, 52, Matthew Harripersad, 29, Zuleika Gonzales, 23, and Camaria Campbell, 30.

The two former Licensing Authority employees Gonzales and Campbell were among the five accused of conspiring to defraud the State by making false entries on the Ministry of Transport’s licensing database to facilitate the transferring of vehicles from its legitimate owners to other parties. In addition to the conspiracy charges, Campbell and Gonzales are also accused of misbehaviour in public office by making the false entries.

According to the charges read out in Court, on November 19th last year at Frederick Settlement, Caroni, Transport centre Campbell made a false entry in the database. Gonzales is charged with committing the same offence on two separate occasions at the Licensing Authority’s Port of Spain office.

All five accused were also jointly charged with conspiracy to defraud the State.