Oct 26, 2015 News
A year after Gopaul Tawari called ‘Omkar’ was sentenced to serve three years in prison on one fraudulent conversation charge and eight charges of false pretence, he is once again back in Guyana Police Force (GPF)’s radar.
The police yesterday issued a wanted bulletin for 46-year-old Tawari of Lot 73 Second Street for questioning in relation to investigations into a series of fraudulent activities which occurred on October 19-22, last.
Tawari is the same individual, who had told Magistrate Priya Sewnarine- Beharry that he would be turning over a new leaf when he appeared in front of her on June, 07 2014.
He was charged with defrauding nine persons of nearly $40M in just over a year.
He pleaded guilty and earned himself a total of 19 years in prison.
Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A- Fat, who represented the fraudster, told the Georgetown Magistrates Court that Tawari had grown up as a “lonely child in a depressed area” and that the man had completely washed his hands on fraudulent activities.
The lawyer then pointed out that his client had admitted immediately to his guilt and had “thrown himself at the court’s mercy”. Pointing to Tawari’s face, Fung-A-Fat said, “You can see from his face how sad and depressed he is, Your Worship.
“He is so repentant.”
At the end of the hearing, Tawari was sentenced to two years imprisonment on eight of his charges with a three-year sentence for one charge.
But because the sentences would have been served concurrently, he would have spent no more than three years in jail.
It is unclear as to how he has managed to be back on the streets so soon.
In March 2009, he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson faced with two counts of obtaining money by false pretence.
Tawari had reportedly pretended that he was in the position to get two men American visas and jobs when they got to the US and had defrauded them of $106,000 each.
The matter was settled by Tawari compensating each man $50,000 and paying a $10,000 court cost. He was also placed on a two-year bond to keep the peace.
However, in October of the very year, Tawari made another appearance, once more before Robertson, charged with obtaining $480,000 from a woman under the pretext that he could import a car for her.
In 2012, Tawari tricked the police into thinking that he wasn’t home. He did that by paying someone to put a padlock on his door daily.
However, that cannot compare to a stunt he pulled in July 2012 when he deceived the police into allowing him to go to his trunk for his identification card.
Kaieteur News understands that a mere three days after he got away from Alberttown Police Station, Tawari, felt free enough to treat himself to viewing the cricket match between West Indies and Pakistan at the National Stadium.
He was spotted at the cricket in the VIP section by a police rank. The lawman alerted other ranks and four of them attempted to make the arrest. The four ranks escorted the suspect out of the crowd and into the VIP parking lot.
All the while, Tawari sought to convince them that they were “taking down an innocent man.”
Even though Tawari was positively identified by a rank as a known confidence trickster, he managed to create enough doubt that the ranks allowed him a chance to prove that he is innocent.
Tawari told them that the matter can be easily sorted if only he was allowed to show his identification card to verify his name.
As one would only expect to happen in a comedy movie, Tawari told the police that his documents were in the trunk of his car. All four of the ranks fell for it. They allowed him to enter the car to “pop” the trunk.
He went into the car, “popped,” the trunk, then drove away, leaving all four ranks standing there.
Anyone with information that may lead to his arrest is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 229-2700 to 3, 229-2557, 225-6411, 226-9941, 911 or the nearest police station.
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