Woman charged with embezzling over $84k from agency in Mayaro

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Woman charged with embezzling over $84k from agency in Mayaro

A 42-year-old female operator at a financial agency who allegedly embezzled over $84,625.80 was on Friday morning granted $45,000 bail with a surety by a Master of the High Court at Mayaro.

Nikesha Dhunda Tom, of St Ann’s Village, Mayaro, who pleaded not guilty to the offence of embezzlement was also ordered to report to her local police biweekly by Master Shabiki Cazabon.

The matter has been transferred to the Mayaro Magistrates’ Court and is scheduled to be heard on March 25th, 2024.

TOM, who was the lone authorised agent, was arrested on February 21st and later charged on February 22nd by PC Farley, of the Mayaro Criminal Investigations Department (CID), following a January 8th, 2024, police report in which an operations manager reported to police that there were discrepancies detected at a financial agency housed at her establishment.

Following the report, officers of the Mayaro CID, in a joint probe with the Fraud Squad East Office and the company’s auditor, conducted an extensive review of the agency’s fiscal transactions. During the enquiries, detectives interviewed several representatives and allegedly discovered that during the period October 1st, 2023, to December 31st, 2023, TT$84,625.80 were embezzled.

The investigation, which included Inspector Ramkissoon, Sgt (Ag.) Mohammed, Cpl Joseph, PC Meighoo and WPC Charles of the CID, culminated in the charge being laid against TOM.