–allegedly selling defective tyres to dealers
Police have detained a Trinidadian, whom they described as a confidence trickster, for allegedly selling used, defective tyres to local dealers after claiming that he had imported them for recycling purposes.
The suspect is being held at the Providence Police Station and Kaieteur News understands that Customs officials have been notified about the alleged scam.
Police confirmed that the man, who resides in Guyana, also allegedly defrauded one of his victims of US$2,000 after claiming that he could acquire a laptop computer.
According to police sources, he also racked up an $80,000 bill at a liquor establishment but failed to pay and moved out with furniture and appliances from a house he had rented.
This newspaper understands that the Trinidadian was cleared to import seven containers of used tyres on condition that they were to be recycled.
A source said that the businessman also indicated that he would have the tyres retreaded.
But Vishwanauth Mangal, a dealer from Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, alleges that the Trinidadian sold him 200 tyres on July 4, which he in turn sold to customers. He claimed that several of these tyres turned out to be defective.
According to Mangal, he gave the businessman an initial down-payment of $200,000.
He said that two days later a customer returned and alleged that he had suffered a blowout while driving with one of the tyres.
This had reportedly resulted in the customer losing control of his vehicle and hitting a motorcycle.
Mangal also alleged that several other customers subsequently returned their tyres. Most of them had ruptured.
He showed Kaieteur News several damaged tyres which he claimed were purchased from the Trinidadian.
But Mangal said that when he confronted the businessman, the Trinidadian denied that they had ever had such a transaction and refused to refund him.
Mangal is now urging anyone who bought the tyres from his business place to contact him.
Kaieteur News was told that the Trinidadian can be charged with making a false declaration to customs officials.
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