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Taxi driver allegedly spent mortgage payment

A taxi driver, in trying to avoid further problems with the courts, promised Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan to repay the man he allegedly tricked out of GYD$90,000.

The charge against Chetram Sukhanandan is that on October 10, 2016, at Herstelling, he was entrusted with $90,000 for the purpose of paying a mortgage, but he fraudulently converted the cash to his own uses. He was entrusted with the money by Shawn Baldeo.

When given the chance, Sukhanandan pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him on Monday.

He then proceeded to inform the magistrate that he wants to repay the money to Baldeo. “I would like to pay him back, I don’t want any problem with the court,” he said. The defendant promised to repay the money at the end of the week. As such, the matter has been adjourned until October 20, 2016 and has been transferred to the Providence Magistrate Court.

Sukhanandan was placed on GYD$20,000 bail.