Jensen La Vende
For the second time this year, a Penal man was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to stealing downpayments from people under the pretence of providing them with cars.
Farand Deonanan was sentenced by Siparia Magistrate Brian Dabideen on November 30.
Dabideen sentenced Deonanan to two years beginning October 10.
In July, Deonanan was also sentenced to two years by Dabideen. On both occasions, Deonanan pleaded guilty to the offences. In July, he pleaded guilty to nine charges of Larceny Trick totalling $266,000, while on November 30, he pleaded guilty to 27 charges totalling $1.47 million and was given the same sentence.
The first set of offences were strictly cash payments while Thursday's charges were made up of bank transactions and cheques.
Fraud Squad officers began investigating Deonanan after they received several reports from people in Trinidad and Tobago that they paid money to Apollo Distributors Limited for vehicles and did not receive any.
During the investigation, police said Deonanan said he was being extorted and was forced to swindle customers to satisfy the extortionists.
Following his conviction, police advised potential customers to do due diligence and to be careful about businesses operating and advertising on social media.
Fraud Squad officers constables Williams, Ali, Brewster and Soorujpaul, were highly commended by their seniors for their detailed investigation which led to the 36 charges laid against the 38-year-old.
Police are also advising anyone who may have had dealings with Deonanan or his company, Apollo Distributors Limited in the past, to come forward.