A La Romaine contractor was today granted $500,000 bail on six fraud charges, which alleged that he tried to defraud the Arima Borough Corporation of approximately $575,000.
64-year- old Ian Jahore was also ordered to surrender his T&T passport and any other passports he may possess and report to the Fraud Squad in San Fernando once a week.
Jahore was not asked to plea to the indictable charges when he appeared before San Fernando First Court Magistrate Alicia Chankar.
The charges alleged that between the period June 30 and August 14 he committed four counts of uttering a forged valuable security, namely two letters from the Corporation and two cheques, and twice he tried to draw money from the account of the Corporation in the sums of $294,860.50 and $280,745.77 at Republic Bank in San Fernando.
It is alleged that he owed a contractor money and he endorsed the cheques which would then be used to pay the contractor, however the money was from the Corporation’s account.
The charges were laid by PC Narvin Lachman of the Fraud Squad.
Jahore’s attorney Herbert Charles said his client was currently working on a multi-million dollar project in Tobago, but when he heard the police were looking for him he returned to Trinidad.
Charles said he has been in custody since Thursday. Asking for reasonable bail, Charles said Jahore also owned a bakery and rents equipment.
Charles’ requested that his client report to a police station in Tobago, instead of the Fraud Squad, in San Fernando, was rejected by the magistrate. Jahore has to report to the Fraud Squad every Monday before 8 pm.
Prosecutor Sgt Denzil Alexander promised full disclosure at the next hearing.