Thirty eighty year old Jimboy Bruno has been charged with two counts of misbehaviour in public office. Mr Bruno is a checker, employed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

According to police reports, it is alleged that Bruno used his employment with the State to facilitate possible corrupt activities within the Office of the Commissioner of State Lands.

The following is a press release from the TTPS:

An employee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, is expected to appear virtually before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, charged with two counts of misbehaviour in public office.

Jimboy Bruno, 38, a checker, of Bon Air, was charged with the offences following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Sunday 13th March, 2022.

It is alleged that the accused used his employment with the State to facilitate possible corrupt activities within the Office of the Commissioner of State Lands.

A report was made of the activities on March 10th 2022 and the next day, a party of officers from the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB), executed a search warrant at the said office, where they allegedly found several forged Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ministry of Agriculture Land and Fisheries, Land Management Division, Commissioner of State Lands letters, in a desk, allegedly occupied by an employee of the Ministry.

One such letter, dated February 3rd 2020, was found in the name of a man, falsely granting him permission to occupy State Lands located in South Oropouche. The man, who was subsequently interviewed by investigators handed over a copy of the forged letter and allegedly confessed that he was given the document by the Ministry employee upon paying the sum of $700. The accused was arrested in connection with the incident on Friday 11th March, 2022, by officers of the ACIB.