A 25-year-old Venezuelan woman, who appeared in court on fraud charges yesterday, was ordered to surrender her passport and report to her local police station once per week.

Maria Montano, who resides in Marabella, San Fernando, was given the orders as part of her bail conditions which were set at $150,000 with a surety.

She appeared virtually before San Fernando Magistrate Armina Deonarinesingh on Monday charged by WPC Sadar-Seenarine of the Fraud Squad with forgery of a Trinidad and Tobago Driver’s Permit and uttering a forged Trinidad and Tobago Driver’s Permit.

The matter was postponed to October 19.

The suspect was arrested last Friday, after a commercial bank along Harris Promenade, San Fernando, reported to the Fraud Squad South Office that a woman allegedly uttered a driver’s permit as proof of identification which appeared unauthentic.

Bank officials told police that the permit was accepted as genuine as the woman’s proof of identification to open an account, however, upon verification, the permit was found to be fraudulent.


The Office of the Attorney General has provided a legal opinion stating that attorney Christian Chandler was not in breach of Covid-19 regulations on the day he was detained by Coast Guard officers.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he wrote to the Police Service Commission (PolSC) last year to express his loss of confidence in then-Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.

You will be able to go out and have that drink again.

From November 1, bars and restaurants will be allowed to resume full service and serve alcohol to vaccinated patrons.

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