Seven Police officers appeared at the Port of Spain First Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate Marista Gomez on Tuesday charged with various counts of conspiracy to defraud and other offences.
On various days during the period June 7th 2018 to 27th September 2018, several members of staff of the Chief Clerk’s office at the Snr. Supt. Traffic engaged in an activity where instead of billing Toyota an hourly rate to perform extra duties to escort new motor vehicles from the Port of Port of Spain to Toyota’s office in Barataria, the officers multiplied the actual number of hours performed by the number of trips made during the period.
This resulted in totals of sometimes 36 and 24 hours per day. The scope of the conspiracy widened to avoid attracting suspicion by further distributing and documenting the additional hours on extra duty pay sheets to reflect other days when Toyota did not have any extra duty escorts.
A report was made by Toyota to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) and investigations were conducted. On completion the Ag. DPP Joanne Honore- Paul gave advice and on Monday 8th April 2019 the PSB conducted an exercise and arrested seven members of staff of the Snr. Supt. Traffic office.
All police officers secured bail and the cases were adjourned to Tuesday 7th May, 2019. The investigation was conducted under the leadership of ACP Ag. Totaram Dookhie and included Cpl Lawrence Joefield who laid all the charges.