Businesswoman on More Than 100 Fraud Charges Escape From Prison


PORT OF SPAIN – Trinidad and Tobago authorities are on the hunt for businesswoman, Vicky Boodram, who escaped from the women’s section of the Golden Grove Prison while awaiting trial on more than 100 fraud charges.

Customs and Immigration officials are on the alert. A statement released by the Ministry of National Security Tuesday advised that Boodram is believed to be making efforts to leave the country and as such all points of entry including ports and the airports are being closely monitored by law enforcement to prevent her escape.

Boodram is before several courts charged with defrauding people allegedly by taking money for cruises which never materialised.

“Officers are instructed that she is not to be allowed to depart. Furthermore, if she is sighted at any port, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is to be contacted immediately,” according to an alert issued by the Chief Immigration Officer on Tuesday.

Boodram is facing 109 fraud charges linked to failed cruise ship packages offered by the company, Travel and Ship Ahoy Cruise Limited. She is a director of the company.

Her estranged husband, Ravi Arjoonsingh, was also charged with collecting millions of dollars from 109 people through fraudulent means and transferring the money to himself and the company in 2010.

In 2016, more fraud charges were laid against Boodram, including obtaining property in the sum of TT$216,000 by fraud.

In addition to the fraud charges, Boodram had appeared at the San Fernando court in south Trinidad on two charges of money laundering after she allegedly purchased a TT$629,000 E-Class Mercedes-Benz and a two million dollar house using forged documents. – CMC