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Convicted fraudster shot in the head

Convicted fraudster Kern Romero, 32, found dead in Arima

Investigations are continuing into the death of convicted fraudster Kern Romero, 32, from from Tobago, who was found dead in Arima on Monday night.

Police says residents of “The Congo”, reported finding the body of a man in a bushy area.

Homicide detectives arrived on the scene and discovered the victim had a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators believe Romero might have been killed at another location and his body dumped based on the quantity of blood found both on and around the body.

His body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, where an autopsy will be performed on Friday, once he is officially identified by relatives.

The death of Romero, a former customer service representative with Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL), brings the murder toll for 2018 to 228. In 2017, 215 murders were reported for same period.

Romero was charged back in December 2015 with defrauding a male hairdresser and his aunt of $8,500. The money was said to be an inducement to assist in obtaining Housing Development Corporation (HDC) houses. Romero pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined.

Romero and another convicted fraudster, Dillian Johnson, were named in a series of newspaper investigative reports surrounding allegations of misbehaviour in public office by Chief Justice Ivor Archie last year. Back in December, Johnson was wounded in a shooting at his home in central Trinidad. He fled to the United Kingdom, where is seeking asylum.

Investigations are continuing.

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