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Massive credit card fraud ring busted in Queens, New York; thousands of victims were compromised

(TRIBUNE MEDIA)– As many as 16 Indian-origin people, including a woman, in the US have been charged for their alleged role in a massive stolen credit card and identity theft operation resulting in losses of over US$ 3.5 million to individuals, financial institutions and retail businesses. Muhammad Rana, 40, of Queens in New York, was the leader of the massive fraud ...

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Republic Bank could form part of fraud investigation into $26M forged cheque

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan appeared puzzled today, March 8, that a reportedly forged $26.3M manager’s cheque did not see Republic Bank Guyana Limited being part of a fraud investigation involving a city businessman. Chairman of Micro Business Developers and Consultancy Incorporated, Clayton Alleyne, plead not guilty before the Chief Magistrate to a charge that between December 2, 2016, and December ...

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SOCU questions Kwame Mc Coy, former Head of Climate Change Office

Former director of  Guyana’s state radio and television broadcaster, National Communications Network (NCN), Kwame Mc Coy, was Thursday questioned about the relocation of the Sparendaam radio transmission station’s mast nearby where several house lots have been allocated to then government ministers and other officials. “Basically, they wanted to know about my role in this entire saga of the Pradoville 2, specifically as ...

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SOCU’s UK adviser defends arrest of Jagdeo, Luncheon; PPP denies it fixed house lot deals

The Financial Investigation expert attached to the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Dr Sam Sittlington on Wednesday defended the decision to arrest former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. “This is a police investigation, this is not a PPP (People’s Progressive Party) investigation. The police dictate where they interview the ...

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SOCU questions more former PPP ministers

It’s Day Two of questioning of former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) ministers by the Special Organised Crime Unit of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) about how they acquired seaside lands allegedly at below market prices. Former Education Minister, Priya Manickchand left SOCU’s headquarters shortly before 10 AM. She did not discuss details of her more than one-hour long questioning, saying ...

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Jagdeo shelters under presidential immunity during SOCU interrogation about Pradoville 2; Luncheon, Ramotar’s daughter among others released from custody

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday said he invoked presidential immunity when he was questioned by investigators of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) in connection with his acquisition of seaside house lots at Ogle-Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (PradoVille 2) below market value. “They asked me several questions relating to the Pradoville transaction and I made a short statement because ...

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UPDATED: Jagdeo, Luncheon, Robert Persaud arrested, released; others still detained

            Four former top government officials including Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon were Tuesday arrested and questioned in connection with their acquisition of seaside housing lands at Goedverwagting-Sparendaam (Pradoville 2) Jagdeo, Luncheon and former Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud were questioned and released from custody. They were ...

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Court dismisses human trafficking charge against Cuban hotel owner

Cuban national and owner of Providence’s Bollywood Club, Eladio Pereza was Tuesday freed of human trafficking charges by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. Pereza’s charge read that he trafficked a Cuban female national for sexual exploitation between March 1, 2016, and January 20, 2017 at Bollywood Club. The chief magistrate read her decision today saying the prosecution did not satisfy their case ...

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