Forty-year-old Davica Roop-Boodoo, an employee of the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service has been charged with six counts of misbehaviour in public office. She was granted $200,000 bail by Justice of the Peace Steven Young. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

An accountant employed with the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service, was charged with six counts of misbehaviour in public office on September 8th 2021. DAVICA ROOP-BOODOO, 40, who has 18 years of service with the Government, was granted bail in the sum of $200,000 with a surety by Justice of the Peace Steven Young.

ROOP-BOODOO allegedly made unauthorised requests for travel to New York in the months of August and September 2021, from a travel agency which is utilised by the Ministry. The travel and accommodation amounted to $94,000 covering return air travel for several persons, including accommodation at the Hilton Hotel and the Marriot Hotel, New York.

The visit to New York was intended for personal use. The requests were found to be fraudulent after a direct inquiry was made by the travel agency to the Ministry following several failed attempts to receive payments. The accused was arrested on September 6th.

She was charged on September 8th 2021 following the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr. Roger Gaspard SC and is expected to appear before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on November 15th 2021. The charges were laid PC Ramsankar of the Fraud Squad.