Following his initial disclosure and submission of just under 29 million dollars in 100 dollar cotton notes to the Central Bank for conversion to new polymer notes on December 31st. Over a million dollars was seized at the Church and La Romaine home of Pastor Vinworth Dayal.
Police carried out a search and seized millions more in cash at the Third Exodus Assembly Church in Longdenville headed by Pastor Vinworth Dayal late Thursday evening. Officers also raided a La Romaine house allegedly belonging to the Pastor which was occupied by relatives.
The raid was carried out by officers of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service with the help of the Financial Intelligence Branch (FIB). The authorities continued their probe into the financial operations at the church seeking more information and evidence following the voluntary submission of the initial 29 million by the Pastor.
At the church, investigators indicated they found large sums of $20, $10, $5 and $1 notes in a large cabinet. Some of the cash was in envelopes which were from members of the congregation according to the Pastor.
Investigations are continuing.