A Canadian man and a Guyanese woman are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Monday 8th June 2020, charged with trafficking counterfeit cards and possession of card-making equipment.
The charges arise out of several weeks of extensive investigations by officers of the Fraud Squad’s ABM Task Force.
30-year-old Kingson Yogonathan, a Canadian national, of Pine Place, Mausica, was charged with two counts of trafficking in counterfeit cards and one count of possession of card-making equipment. In addition, 27-year-old Geeta Mohabir, a Guyanese national, of the same address, was charged with one count of possession of card-making equipment and one count of trafficking in counterfeit cards.
The two were held by officers of the ABM Task Force, during an anticrime exercise conducted in the Northern and Central Divisions between 5:00 pm on Thursday 4th and 12:40 am on Friday 5th June 2020.
During the exercise, officers proceeded to an apartment at Pine Place, Mausica, where they observed a male suspect leaving the premises in a motor vehicle. The car was intercepted, and the man searched, which resulted in the discovery of four counterfeit cards, along with several ATM receipts, hidden in his left shoe.
A further search of the apartment resulted in one bulletproof vest, a red dot scope, a quantity of card skimming equipment and a quantity of counterfeit cards being found.
The items were seized.
Yogonathan and Mohabir were charged with the offences by PC Solozano, of the ABM Task Force on Saturday 6th June 2020.
The exercise and the investigations were carried out by Cpl Nowbutt under the supervision of Snr. Supt. Deosaran and ASP Julien.