NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) — Prosecutors have charged a Guyanese father, mother and daughter in a $1.75 million immigration and real estate fraud targeting the Queens West Indian community.
Shane Jagdeo, Gomatee Pulmattee and Shantal Ramsundar pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including grand larceny, money laundering and scheme to defraud. They were being held on a combined $8 million bail.
The Queens district attorney’s office claims the family members used their connections to the West Indian community to scam 19 people over nearly six years. Prosecutors say that some victims were promised assistance with getting legal immigration status.
Some were offered cheap access to federally seized properties. Over the past several years, hundreds of Guyanese from Queens, New York, have been charged and convicted of crimes and criminal activities that involved millions of dollars in real estate scams, mortgage scams, money laundering rackets and being part of a Guyanese cocaine drug trafficking organization that brought drugs in fish, meat products, furniture, vegetables, cakes, clothing, into the United States and Europe.
Lawyer John A. Scarpa Jr. says his client, 23-year-old Shantal, was not a knowing participant and believed whatever she was told by her dad.
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