Office of the PM worker charged with sick-leave fraud

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Office of the PM worker charged with sick-leave fraud

A 35-year-old New Grant woman was granted bail in the sum of $150,000 by a Justice of the Peace, after she was charged with seven counts of Uttering a Forged Document.

Kimberly Joseph-Richards, was charged with the offences when she was granted bail by JP Balkaran.

She is to appear virtually before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on July 27th, 2023.

In October 2022, the Office of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister reported to the Fraud Squad, that during the period April 11th, 2022 to June 6th 2022, a temporary clerk attached to the said office, presented seven medical certificates in support of her application for sick leave. Upon verification, the certificates were discovered to be forged.

An investigation was launched into the matter and on June 23rd, 2023, the suspect was arrested and charged with the offences.

Investigations were supervised by Snr. Supt. Arlet Groome, ASP Samuel and Sgt. Bassarath, all of Fraud Squad.

Joseph-Richards was charged by PC Lutchman, also of Fraud Squad-Port of Spain Office.