A 40-year-old accountant with the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service has been charged for using her position in the ministry to fraudulently book two vacations to New York for her and her family at a cost of $94,000.
Davica Roop-Boodoo, of Charlieville, Chaguanas, was granted $200,000 bail by Justice of the Peace Stephen Young after being charged with six misbehaviour in public office charges by Fraud Squad detectives on Wednesday.
According to a release from the T&T Police Service (TTPS), Roop-Boodoo is alleged to have made unauthorised requests to a travel agency, frequently used by the ministry for official travel, to book flights and hotel accommodation at the Hilton and Marriot Hotels for two trips to New York in August and earlier this month.
Guardian Media understands that the incident was reported to police after the travel agency contacted the ministry for payment and was told that the trips were fraudulently procured.
Roop-Boodoo and four relatives, including an infant, were arrested at the Piarco International Airport after returning from the latest trip on Monday.
Police sources said that while Roop-Boodoo was charged after investigator PC Raju Ramsankar consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), her relatives were interviewed and released pending further investigations.
Roop-Boodoo, who worked at the ministry for 18 years before the incident, is expected to appear in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court to answer the charges on November 15.