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Trini jailed in UK for £.75m fraud

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Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Trinidadian Nadia Deone Chase-Ali, who will serve a six-year prison sentence in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of fraud.

Rhondor Dowlat

A Trinidadian woman has been jailed in the United Kingdom (UK) for defrauding a charity she worked for of in excess of £.75 million.

In an article dated July 13, 2018, on the Metropolitan Police’s website, Nadia Deone Chase-Ali, 35, of Bonchurch Road, W11, was reported to have appeared at Isleworth Crown Court, where she was convicted of fraud by abuse of position, theft and removing money from England and Wales.

She was sentenced to six years in prison.

Chase-Ali was employed as a financial officer with Carnival Village Trust (CVT). She then went on to work freelance for the organisation, holding a position of trust in which she was expected to safeguard the financial interests of the charity.

Over the course of two years, Chase-Ali allegedly made 530 separate payments totalling £784,262.56 from CVT and TW11’s bank accounts into four of her own bank accounts. She disguised these transactions as payments to legitimate suppliers, service providers and government organisations.

To conceal the theft, the article stated, she stole from the charity and company a significant number of financial documents, including outstanding invoices, payment demand letters and financial statements, which were found at her home address the day she was arrested on March 16, 2017.

Chase-Ali provided no explanation in the police interview for the fraud or documents found at her home. She was charged on October 31, 2017 and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 28, 2017, where the case was referred to Isleworth Crown Court.

The trial began on June 11 and on day two of the trial Chase-Ali changed her plea for two counts - fraud by abuse of position and removal of criminal property out of England and Wales. She continued to plead not guilty to theft of the financial documents.

After hearing all the evidence, including the defendant taking to the stand herself, the jury went out for deliberations on June 15. That same day the jury found Chase-Ali guilty of theft, fraud by abuse of position and removal of criminal property from England and Wales.

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