East Demerara duo slapped with fraud charges
Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson yesterday remanded a man said to be a laboratory technician attached to the Guyana Sugar Corporation, and a woman who once worked in the news media for obtaining money from persons assuring them that they—the man and the woman– were in the position to obtain US visas for them.
Laboratory technician, Toolsie Persaud, 30, of 4 Triumph Village, East Coast Demerara and one time media worker, Simone King, yesterday appeared to answer three counts of obtaining money by false pretence. However, they were only read two of the three charges since the third, was not properly prepared by the police.
It is alleged that between May 2 and May 8, last year, the duo with intent to defraud obtained $920,000 from Seetaram by falsely pretending that they were in the position to obtain a US visa for his nephew, Kishun Garykam, knowing their claim be false.
It is also alleged that between November 24 and December 2, 2009, they obtained $1.2M from Angela Chung by pretending that they were in the position to obtain a US visa for her.
Persaud and King were both represented by Attorney at law James Bond. They were not required to plead to the indictable charge.
Bond, in an application for bail, stated that the matter revolves around money borrowed by his clients. He stated that restitutions are ready to be made since there was no intention to defraud any of the virtual complainants.
Seetaram who was present in court stated that he had received the ticket and visa for his nephew but realised the visa to be no good.
Chung said that she was tricked by King into signing a document stating that she lent the money to the two.
Police prosecutor, Stephen Telford, objected to bail and stated that investigations are ongoing as to what is King’s real name since Chung referred to her as Diane DeNobrega.
Bond intervened and stated that his client was christened Simone Diane DeNobrega and her married surname is King.
He added that she is in no breach of the law with respect to her name.
However, the Acting Chief Magistrate remanded the two to allow the police to have the third charge properly prepared. Persaud and King are to return to court today to be read the other charge.