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Trinidad & Tobago: Director charged with trying to defraud $4.8M from government

A Company Director was granted bail when he appeared a Justice of the Peace yesterday charged with two fraud offences. 

Terrance Hypolite, 63, of Chaguanas, was charged with uttering a forged document and attempting to obtain $4.8 million from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago by false pretences. He appeared before JP Babootee at the Woodbrook Police Station on Thursday, February 25 2021. 

He was granted bail in the sum of $150,000 and ordered to appear virtually at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on March 25, 2021. 

It is alleged that the accused went to a commercial bank in Diego Martin on February 17, 2021, where he presented a Government of Trinidad and Tobago cheque, payable to his construction business, in the amount of $4.8 million dollars. He also provided copies of award of contract letters purportedly issued by a special purpose State company to his construction company to undertake infrastructural works at a port project in Toco, which was due to start on March 25, 2021. 

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