Woman remanded for promising to deliver house lot
- Co-accused ingested poison after learning charges would be laid
Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson has remanded a woman who pretended to be an employee of the Ministry of Housing to prison, on a charge with obtaining money by false pretence.
The accused, Sunita Singh, and another, Prem Persaud, were jointly charged with obtaining money by false pretence. Between December last and this month, they obtained $820,000 from Chetram Banswaru while promising to deliver one house lot to the same Chetram Banswaru. Singh pleaded not guilty.
However Singh’s co-accused was not present in court when the charge was read. The court was informed that the second accused in the matter is currently hospitalized after he ingested a poisonous substance.
The virtual complainant who was present in court said that he first met Persaud who told him that he knew a woman at the Ministry of Housing and that he could secure a house lot at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara for him.
Banswaru told the court that Persaud then give him a phone number to call and to ask for one Ms. Singh who is the secretary to the Minister of Housing.
The virtual complainant further informed the court that he did call the number and spoke to the woman who then put him onto someone who pretended to be Housing Minister Irfaan Ali.
The man told the court that the “Minister” told him over the telephone to pay the money to Sunita, which he did.
When asked if he had a receipt for the money he had given to the accused he responded in the negative. He however informed the court that after paying the money he received a letter from Singh, which indicated to him that he would soon receive the land.
Police prosecutor Stephen Telford asked that bail be refused and a date be set for report. The prosecutor’s request was granted and the accused was remanded. Singh is expected to return to court on March 22.