Netherlands-based Guyanese slapped with $300,000 fine
Mohabir Persaud, a 50-year-old Guyanese residing in the Netherlands, was yesterday fined $300,000 or an alternative of two years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to uttering a forged document and conspiring to commit a felony.
Between April 1, last year, and March 9 this year, at Timehri, he conspired with person or persons unknown and inserted stamps in one Netherlands passport purporting to show that the act was done by an Immigration officer.
A second charge states that the same defendant on March 15, last, at Moleson Creek, Corentyne, Berbice, with intent to defraud, inserted arrival and departure stamps purporting to show that it was done by an Immigration officer.
He was represented by attorney-at-law Jaya Manickchand, who told the court that her client is a reputable businessman who is married with two children.
The lawyer further stated that Persaud has admitted to the charges and is seeking leniency.
Ms Manickchand also asked that the court consider that the defendant was willing to repay the cost for escorting him back to Berbice.
The lawyer also stated that her client would seek better guidance in the future when it comes to the laws of Guyana.
There was no objection by the prosecution. Persaud was fined $150,000 on each charge.
Also appearing before the same magistrate was Nichols Waddell, 19, of Perry Street, Tucville.
He allegedly stole one tape deck, property of Shalimar Ali Hack, on March 12. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to Police Prosecutor Seetaram, Shalimar Ali Hack, who is the Director of Public Prosecutions, would usually park her car at the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana.
On the day in question, around 16:00hrs she returned to her car and found that it had been broken into.
The only person that was present at the time was Waddell.
There was no objection to bail but the prosecutor asked that bail be substantial.
Bail was granted in the sum of $25,000. The accused is expected to make his next court appearance on March 21.