PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has ordered an investigation into the circumstances that led to a 35-year-old businesswoman escaping from the women’s section of the Golden Grove Prison on Monday evening while awaiting trial on more than 100 fraud charges.
“Commissioner of Police (Ag), Stephen Williams has ordered an investigation which is currently underway into the circumstances surrounding the release of a prisoner identified as Vicky Nirupa Boodram from the Women’s Prison, Golden Grove Arouca, around 5.15 p.m. on Monday..,” a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) noted.
An alert issued by the Chief Immigration Officer on Tuesday, advised that Vicky Boodram “may attempt to depart the jurisdiction.
“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”.
Media reports Wednesday that two police officers took at least 10 minutes to remove Boodram, who had been on remand since March 2016 after being denied bail on 175 fraud related charges.
One newspaper reported that two police officers attached to the Tunapuna Police Station, east of here, went to the Women’s Prison in a marked police vehicle and removed the fraud accused from the facility.
It quoted prison officials as saying that they thought nothing untoward about the officers coming with what they presumed were legitimate court documents stating Boodram was scheduled to attend night court.
“After collecting Boodram, the male officer returned to the station where he dropped off his colleague and left with Boodram. Neither he nor Boodram has been seen since,” the Trinidad Guardian newspaper reported, adding that the female officer is being questioned by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau.
Boodram is facing the 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 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) from 109 people through fraudulent means and transferring the money to himself and the company in 2010.
In addition to the fraud charges, Boodram is also facing two charges of money laundering after she allegedly purchased a TT$629,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) E-Class Mercedes-Benz and a two million dollar house using forged documents. – CMC