Former travel agent Vicky Boodram and her estranged husband Ravi Arjoonsingh were today committed to stand trial on 107 fraud charges in the San Fernando High Court.
They, along with Boodram Travel and Ship Ahoy Cruises, were committed by San Fernando Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine who ruled that the prosecution had made out a prima facie case against them.
Boodram was denied bail and advised of her right to apply for the judge in chambers for bail while Arjoonsingh was granted $2 million approval bail.
The magistrate explained that bail was denied to Boodram because of the allegation that she escaped lawful custody, the numerous matters and the amount of money the victims lost. It is alleged that the victims paid close to $1.3 million for Caribbean cruises advertised by the company for April and August 2011, but the cruises failed materialise.
The victims were not refunded. Boodram owned the company while Arjoosingh was named a director. They were initially charged with 109 offences but two of the charges were dismissed because the victims had died. Boodram was also charged with two money laundering offences.
Those charges alleged that in September 2010 Boodram purchased a Mercedes Benz for $621,042.45 and in October 2010 bought a house and land at Palmiste, San Fernando, for more than $2 million, knowing that the money was derived through fraudulent means.http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/vicky-stand-trial-fraud-charges