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Aug 28, 2003

Accused’s sister speaks out in K.H.M.H. theft case

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On Wednesday, Tricia Indira Mak was charged in connection with the theft of money from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Today, her sister, Taneemah Rhamdas, spoke out in her defence saying that the only thing her sister is guilty of is not heeding the advice of her parents. According to Rhamdas, the problem started last August after Mak applied for a job as a sales clerk. Rhamdas says the ad was printed in a local newspaper and her sister called the number that was advertised. Not long after, Rhamdas says her sister started working for a foreigner known to them only as Tariq Aziz. She claims her sister had been going through a very difficult time and innocently took the job because she needed the money to raise her child. Rhamdas says the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be looking for the mastermind behind the crime.

Taneemah Rhamdas, Sister

“My sister had recently broke up with her boyfriend, she was stressed out, she have a child and everything was coming down. When she applied for that job was basically just to get over he boyfriend and stuff like that. So hearing she was going to collect five hundred dollars a week, of course any Belizean weh noh the work weh want money wah apply and tek the job as a sales clerk.”

“She mi honestly noh know weh the happen. All she know, she di do her job. She received the cheque, they tell her ker it to the bank, she ker it to the bank, deposit it to the bank and next day or two days after, I don’t know when, the man wah tell her fi goh tek out the money from the bank. Now she mi get to notice and ask ah, boss why as I ker in the check you want it the next day.”

Jacqueline Woods

“When was the last time she saw this individual?”

Taneemah Rhamdas

“Early September… My sister very sickly, sickle cell, asthma, everything, and I pray to God my sister noh drop dead.”

Mak, along with Cheryl Staines, has been charged with claiming upon a forged document, possession of false documents and furnishing a false document.

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