Guyanese accused of framing ex-girlfriend fingered in more incidents
New York – The man accused of framing his ex-girlfriend for robbery in a real-life version of CSI did it to several other people as well, prosecutors have claimed.
Guyanese-born Jerry Ramrattan is said to have got innocent Richard Persaud sentenced to six months in jail for falsely claiming he shot him in the chest. He is also accused of framing another man for a hit-and-run and setting up a third individual for a robbery which never took place.
In each instance Ramrattan is said to have used his knowledge of police dramas like CSI to fool detectives into investigating the wrong suspect.
The revelations came after he was exposed for concocting an elaborate plot that left ex-girlfriend Seemona Sumasar, 36, in jail for nine months for a string of robberies she did not commit.
The plan only fell apart days before she was due to go on trial due to a tip-off. Ramrattan is now in jail awaiting trial on charges including conspiracy, which he denies.
According to the New York Times, after Ramrattan’s deceit was made public a number of other individuals have come forward saying they were victims of his plotting too.
The most bizarre is the case of Mr Persaud, 40, who was jailed for six months in 1993 after Ramrattan told police he shot him in the chest with a rifle.
Mr Persaud claims he was framed when he warned his cousin, who was dating Ramrattan, not to see him any more.
He said that even though Ramrattan was admitted to hospital at the time with a collapsed lung and a cracked shoulder, he must have either shot himself or been shot by one of his enemies.
Mr Persaud eventually admitted a lesser charge of second degree assault and was jailed for six months.
He said: ‘I spent six months in jail for a crime I didn’t commit. It’s sick. Jerry Ramrattan ruined my life.’
The second case involves Deochan Singh, a Guyanese native from Merrick in New York.
He told investigators that Ramrattan framed him for a hit-and- run after being hired by his wife to tail him.
The third matter involves a man from Willets Point in Queens, New York, who was arrested in 2009 for a robbery he claims never took place.
The man was released when he showed police a receipt which proved he was elsewhere at the time.
All three of these cases, however, pale into comparison to what happened to Ms Sumasar.
Ramrattan is said to have persuaded two witnesses to lie, coaxed another to frame Ms Sumasar, and covered his tracks so well he was never a suspect.
Whilst in jail her life fell apart – her restaurant went out of business and she was separated from her 12-year-old daughter.
The plot dates back to 2009 when their relationship became abusive and she claimed he tied her up and raped her.
When she refused to drop the charge, it is alleged, he used his knowledge of police procedure gleaned from watching ‘CSI’ and ‘Law and Order’ to carry out one of the most elaborate framing operations in recent memory.
Ramrattan’s lawyer Frank Kelly said Mr Persaud’s claims were ‘absurd’ and that Mr Singh was ‘a disgruntled subject of an investigation of his marital infidelities’.
Meris Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney, which is investigating the case against Ramrattan, declined to comment. (dailymail.co.uk)