A prisoner who is currently serving an eight-year sentence was yesterday charged for defrauding persons by impersonating First Lady, Sandra Granger.
Mohamed Ali who is currently a prisoner at the New Amsterdam Prison was yesterday slapped with three fraud-related charges after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Senior Magistrate, Leron Daly.
The first charge alleged that on April 23 at Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, with intent to defraud, he obtained 12 penny weight of raw gold valued at $139,000 from Beverly Harris, by falsely pretending that he was First Lady Sandra Granger, and that he was in a position to grant her a scholarship.
It was further alleged that between April 1 and April 30 at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, with intent to defraud, Ali obtained the sum of $30,000 in phone cards from Balmattie Singh, by falsely pretending that he was First Lady Sandra Granger and that he was in a position to grant her a scholarship.
The last charge alleged that on April 22 at Mahdia, Region Eight, the accused, with intent to defraud, obtained from Beverly Harris the sum of $30,000 in GTT and Digicel phone cards by falsely pretending that he was First Lady Sandra Granger and that he was in the position to grant her a scholarship.
The unrepresented defendant denied all the charges after they were read to him by the Magistrate.
When given a chance to address the court, the accused stated, “I am a prisoner at the New Amsterdam Prison. I gave the police a written statement. I did call dem people and defraud dem, but I did not tell those people that I was the First lady.”
The accused went on to tell the court that he has a special request to meet the First Lady.
The accused will make his next court appearance today when he will be appearing before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan for assignment.
According to information, the accused and another individual over the past months have been calling persons pretending that they were the First Lady, duping people out of money using Mobile Money (Guyana).
The accused was reportedly able to fleece victims of hundreds of thousands of dollars in interior locations.
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