Covent Garden man charged with fraud

Michael Boodhoo

Charged just over a month ago with stealing a half a million dollars in food items, a Covent Garden man was brought before a city magistrate once again to answer to two fraud charges.

Michael Boodhoo, 58, was brought before Magistrate Judy Latchman, who read the charges to him.

The first charge stated that on December 11th, 2016, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Boodhoo presented a forged Republic Bank cheque, dated 11th December, 2016, and valued at $844,000, to Latchman Singh.

It was further alleged that on the said date, Boodhoo obtained two arch panel doors, 18 panel doors and 2 arch windows from Singh using the forged cheque.

Boodhoo denied both charges.

Police prosecutor Arvin Moore told the court that on December 9th, 2016, Boodhoo went to Singh’s business and ordered the articles. On December 11th, 2016, Singh delivered them to Boodhoo, who paid him with a cheque. The prosecutor added that after Singh went to deposit the cheque, he was informed that Boodhoo did not have the money in his account to honour the cheque.

Prosecutor Moore made no objection to bail being granted. Subsequently, Magis-trate Latchman granted the accused his release on a total of $400,000 bail, or $200,000 on each charge.

The matter was then adjourned until June 25th.

On April 30th, Boodhoo was charged with stealing two boxes containing food items and beverages, valued at $500,000 and which was the property of Lisa McDonald. That matter, which also dates back to December, 2016, is also presently before Magistrate Latchman.

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