Lawyer charged with stealing over $200k from client

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Lawyer charged with stealing over $200k from client

An attorney-at-law was granted bail with surety in the sum of $350,000, when she appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate this week, charged with Larceny in the sum of $224,625.

Kavita Persad, an attorney-at-law, was charged with the offence when she appeared in the Port of Spain 11th Magistrates’ Court on June 3rd, 2024.

She was granted bail and instructed to report to the Arouca Police Station once a week between 6 am and 6 pm.

The matter was adjourned to July 2nd, 2024.

A victim reported to police that during the period December 2021 to April 2022, they paid sums totalling $224,625, to an attorney-at-law for provision of legal services in relation to a High Court matter, after they were led to believe the attorney was in a position to do same.

Subsequent checks with the High Court allegedly revealed that the attorney did not provide the legal services as promised and attempts to have the money refunded to the victim proved futile.

A report was made to the Fraud Squad and an investigation launched into the matter.

As a result of enquiries conducted and information received, an exercise was conducted in the Northern Division on May 30th, 2024, during which a female suspect was arrested.
Investigations were supervised by Snr. Supt. Arlet Groome, Supt. Lutchman, ASP Bisnath and Insp. (Ag.) Gozales of the Fraud Squad.

The accused was charged with the offence by Cpl Hamilton also of the Fraud Squad.