Woman charged with uttering forged documents and obtaining money through fraud

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Woman charged with uttering forged documents and obtaining money through fraud

A woman previously employed by the Vehicle Management Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (VMCOTT) was granted bail in the sum of $80,000 after being charged with fraud.

Tamika Chavillieur, of Arima, was charged with three counts of Uttering Forged Documents and Obtaining Money by Virtue of Forged Documents when she appeared before a Master of the High Court on Monday 17th June, 2024.

She was granted bail and the matter adjourned to April 14th, 2025.

Reports indicate that in 2021, a woman applied to VMCOTT for the position of Finance Manager and in support of her application, she presented three professional certificates from Tertiary Education Providers along with a certificate claiming she was an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) member.

The documents were accepted as genuine and she was subsequently employed. However, it was later discovered that the certificates were fraudulent.

A report was made to the Fraud Squad and an investigation was launched which resulted in the arrest of one female suspect on June 14th, 2024.

The investigation was supervised by Snr. Supt. Arlet Groome, Supt. Lutchman, W/Insp. Smith and involved Cpls. Edwards, Murray and Williams and WPC Jointe and PCs Ramkissoon and Thomas, all of Fraud Squad.

Chavillieur was charged by Cpl (Ag.) Kernahan, also of the Fraud Squad.

Employers are advised to practice due diligence when on boarding new employees into their Organisation by checking their credentials and references before employment.

There are various websites that provide for the verification of foreign education certificates. Additionally, most professional organizations provide a listing of their members which can be easily accessed online.