Police officers David Subero and Marlon Scipio are charged with one count of misbehaviour in public office and two counts of corruptly obtaining $5,000. (Images courtesy TTPS)

The Police Service is reporting that two of its own have been charged with corruption and misbehaviour in public office, following the men’s arrests last Wednesday, November 25th. They will go before the courts in February next year.

An official statement from the TTPs reads:

“Two police officers were each charged last night with one count of misbehaviour in public office and two counts of corruptly obtaining $5,000 for themselves.”

“Inspector David Subero, 48, and PC Marlon Scipio, 41, were each granted $200,000 bail with a surety by the Justice of the Peace and the cases have been postponed to February 16th, 2021,” the statement said.

The charges were laid by acting Corporal Ralph Rampersad, who is attached to the Professional Standards Bureau. The investigations were supervised by Senior Supt Ramnarine Samaroo and Supt Montrichard.

According to the TTPS release, it is alleged that on May 11th, 2020, a couple were at their restaurant at Pepper Village, Fyzabad, when the two accused entered and made certain inquiries of a passport and the license to operate roulette and wall machines at the premises. One of the officers reportedly threatened to seize the bar license and shut down the restaurant, according to the investigations. One of the victims reportedly pleaded with the officers not to do it following which, one of the officers asked how much money was in the machines.

When told there was $5,000, one of the officers agreed to accept it as a payment to forego shutting down the premises. The money reportedly was split between the two officers.

It also is alleged that the officers allowed the owners of the restaurant to continue to operate, with an understanding that they receive half of the money received from the business each week.

An investigation into the matter was initiated on Monday 19th October 2020, by Cpl Rampersad.

He interviewed several persons, recorded statements, seized certain documents, and obtained additional evidence.

On Wednesday 25th November 2020, Cpl Rampersad—together with other police officers whilst at the Professional Standards Bureau, South office, San Fernando—met the two police officers with their attorney. After informing the two officers of the complaints, Cpl Rampersad arrested both suspects.

On Monday 30th November 2020, the investigators communicated with and received advice from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Tricia Hudlin-Cooper.

Later that day, the two accused men—David Subero (a legal officer), and PC Marlon Scipio—were charged with one (1) count of Misbehaviour in Public Office, and two (2) counts of Corruptly Obtaining the sum of $5,000.

Both officers were granted bail at the Siparia Police Station, last night.