“I was in love all over again. This was the man I was willing to spend the rest of my life with. He was so loving and caring. He was my Prince charming.”
This is how Kim (not her real name) described the man whom she claims scammed her of over $30M.
Kim, who is now 55, migrated to United States of America when she 16. While overseas, she completed her schooling and was able to get a well paying job.
Kim said that at age 28 she married her best friend, a wealthy businessman, whom she had known for eight years. Five years after tying the knot, they were on their way to visit her husband’s family when a drunk driver slammed into the vehicle they were travelling in.
Her husband sustained severe injuries and died while receiving treatment at the hospital. Kim recalled, “I cried so much that I couldn’t sleep and eat for days. I just wanted to wake up from the most terrible dream.”
The couple had no children.
Two years after her husband’s untimely passing, Kim said that she was encouraged by friends to begin dating.
But Kim related that she was sceptical because of her fear of losing someone close to her.
The woman said that one day she was sitting at home when she remembered her husband’s desire of wanting to visit Guyana where she was born. Her husband also had relative residing there. From that day, Kim promised that she would vacation every year in her homeland.
In 2016, she travelled to Guyana where she met a man at a popular resort.
According to her, “At that time I was sitting at a table with a friend and the guy came over and we all started conversing.”
Her vacation, according to her, was a memorable one and she later travelled back to the US. One day while scrolling on her Facebook profile, Kim recounted that she came across a friend request from the same man she met at the resort. “I just add him and from there we started talking.”
In a matter of weeks, she and the man exchanged hundreds of messages and phone calls. Their friendship quickly grew and soon after, they became involved on a romantic relationship. Kim’s new found love constantly encouraged her to return to Guyana where they would marry and purchase her “dream home”.
Kim recalled, “He told me that I should come home and we would get married and live a happy life. Everything was happening so fast but I felt loved and that was all that matter.” The man began sending Kim photos of luxury houses. When she inquired of where he was getting the photos, the man told Kim that his brother, who is a real estate agent for over 40 years, can hook them up with one of the houses.
In fact, the man convinced Kim that she can get one of the houses for $30M and he persuaded her to send him the money. At first, the woman related that she was a little hesitant about sending money for a man she never met in person. She added that she eventually began sending money to the man.
Over a period of time, Kim was able to send close to $30 M.
Shortly after receiving the hefty sum, the man proposed to Kim via FaceBook. She accepted and would soon after travel to Guyana for their wedding.
About a year after accepting the friend request, Kim travelled to Guyana but was left stranded at the airport since her fiancé never showed up. Several calls made to his cellular phone by went unanswered. In fact, most of the called went to voicemail, she recalled.
Kim took a taxi from the airport and travelled to the address where her so called fiancé told her he was living. When she got to the location, she was left shocked when she saw an empty lot. No one in the neighbourhood knew of her fiancé.
With no other option, Kim phoned a friend who allowed her to stay at her residence. Weeks after being in Guyana and not getting on to her fiancé, Kim realized that she was scammed of all her life savings.
She returned to the US and continued working.
Only recently a male prisoner who is currently serving an eight-year-sentence was charged for defrauding persons by impersonating First Lady, Sandra Granger.
Mohamed Ali is currently a prisoner at the New Amsterdam Prison. He was slapped with three fraud related charges after he appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The accused even went as far to make a special request to meet the First Lady.
According to information, Ali scammed his victims by calling them from inside his holding cell and pretending to be First Lady, duping his victims out of money using Mobile Money (Guyana).
It was reported that he was able to fleece victims from interior locations of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The same prisoner who told Senior Magistrate Leron Daly that he wanted to meet the First Lady went to court the following day and wooed the Chief Magistrate after him presenting her with a token.
It was a card with words engraved within.
It read, “Dear past, thank you for your lesson. Dear future, I am ready. Dear God thank you for another chance.”
Also before the court is a twenty-eight-year-old man who was sentenced to 68 months’ imprisonment for scamming several persons of house lots.
The man who has since appealed the conviction was slapped with 10 fraud charged. Vishal Moonilal is currently on $1.5 M bail which was granted to him by Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore.
Moonilal, of Lot 90 Craig Street, Campbellville denied the charges which alleged that during the years 2014 and 2015, he allegedly scammed Diane Cosby of over $7M dollars by falsely pretending that he was in a position to sell her several house lots at Lot 10-21 Plantation Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, knowing same to be false.
Moonilal allegedly scammed his victim by telling her that the monies given to him would be used to survey the land, to hire an Attorney-at-Law and legal fees.
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