A San Juan man has appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with over 40 counts of forgery, which occurred during the period August 2019 and January 2020.

30-year-old Shaheed Hosein, a resident of Chotoo Street, was charged with 21 counts of obtaining money by use of a forged instrument, 21 counts of uttering a forged document and one count of larceny servant in the sum of $3,036, when he appeared before Magistrate Rehanne Hosein, on Wednesday 20th May 2020 via video conferencing.

He was granted bail with surety in the sum of $150,000 and the matter was adjourned to June 17th 2020.

According to reports, during the period Wednesday 28th August 2019 and Thursday 16th January 2020, an employee of a pest control company in Cascade obtained the sum of $147,000 cash from 21 cheques drawn from an account in the name of his employer. It was later discovered that the signatures on the cheques were forged and the employee was not entitled to the proceeds of the said cheques.

In another incident, on Friday 20th December 2019, the same employee was entrusted the sum of $16,795 in cash by his employer to deposit into the company’s account. The employee deposited$13,759 into the account and a deficit of $3,036 was discovered after.

The employee could not account for the deficit and it was discovered that he had taken the funds for his use and benefit.