Police have charged a 37-year-old driver/salesman from Pritipaul Singh Investments for allegedly attempting to steal $200,000 from his employer by pretending that bandits had abducted and robbed him.
Jai Anil Persaud, of Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara, allegedly faked the robbery last Wednesday, even smashing one of the windows of the company vehicle he was driving to convince the police and his boss that the robbery was genuine.
Persaud, who had reportedly worked with the company for some five years, alleged that he was in the vehicle near a Guyoil gas station on East Bank Demerara when two men held him at gunpoint.
He alleged that the ‘bandits’ covered his head with a plastic bag, beat him and then drove with him to the Mocha Arcadia main road.
Persaud claimed that the bandits tied him up and then fled after relieving him of the money. The salesman said that he finally managed to free himself and inform the police about the robbery.
However, ranks at the Providence Police Station suspected that Persaud had fabricated the story.
After conducting a thorough search of the vehicle, the ranks allegedly found the ‘stolen’ money concealed in one of the door panels.
Persaud appeared in the Providence Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with simple larceny and providing false information.
He was subsequently released on $250,000 bail.
Police are also contemplating charging the accused with damage to property for smashing the vehicle’s window.
According to a source, Persaud’s employer commended the police, since he had been convinced that his employee had been robbed.
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