Former Trinidad police officer jailed for theft in England
LONDON, England – A former police officer in Trinidad and Tobago will spend the next two years and eight months in prison in England, for stealing more than £84,000 (US$121,794) from the City of London Corporation – the landlord for the market which he managed.
Roshan Persad, 46, was sentenced after being found guilty of six charges of theft, seven of false accounting and one of fraud by abuse of position.
He was the manager of London’s historic Billingsgate Fish Market and over an 18-month period, starting March 2011, pilfered some of the rent that traders had paid in.
Persad then tried to cover his tracks by shifting around the market’s accounts, and logged false credit notes from traders.
According to media reports, he even tried to blame security firm G4S for losing the money. He asked G4S in January 2013 to arrange a collection of £94,000 (US$136,294) in cash and £9,000 (US$13,050) in cheques, but when G4S counted the cash there was only £15,664 (US$22,712).
The matter of the missing money subsequently became the subject of a police investigation and Persad was arrested and charged.
In total, he stole £84,234 (US$122,135) between March 2011 and October 2012.
Persad allegedly stole the money to feed a gambling habit.
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