Health Ministry driver charged with million-dollar fuel fraud

-businesswoman accused of receiving pilfered diesel

Lillian Akeung

A driver for the Ministry of Public Health was yesterday accused of fraudulently obtaining a little over $1 million in diesel from GuyOil.

Mark Samuels, 29, of 276 South Ruimveldt, stood in the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in Georgetown, where he was read the charge.

The charge stated that between December 12th, 2017 and January 7th, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Samuels obtained $1,054,789 in Diesel from GuyOil on Regent Street by presenting a cheque in the name of Clyde Fowler, knowing same to be forged.

Mark Samuels

Attorney Darren Wade, who represented the accused, urged the court to grant his client reasonable bail.

Police prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objection to bail being granted but requested that conditions be applied.

Samuels was later granted his release on $70,000 bail and he was also ordered to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary, every Friday at 4 pm until the completion of the trial.

The accused is set to make his next court appearance on December 14th.

Meanwhile, a businesswoman, Lillian Akeung, was charged with receiving pales of diesel that were stolen or unlawfully obtained by Samuels.

It is alleged that between December 12th, 2017 and January 7th, 2018, at Georgetown, Akeung received pales of diesel, valued at $427,677 from Mark Samuels, knowing same to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained from the Ministry of Education.

Appearing on her behalf was attorney Mark Waldron, who requested that his client be released on her own recognisance.

Prosecutor Mansfield made no objection to this defendant being granted bail but also requested that conditions be applied.

Akeung was later granted her release on $150,000 bail and also ordered to report to the CID Headquarters every Friday at 4 pm until the completion of the trial.

The matter was adjourned until December 21st.   

 

 

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