Guyanese desperate to flee Guyana make themselves easy target for conmen
Briton, Guyanese in American visa fraud
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:04
Two men- one Guyanese and the other a Briton- were Monday arraigned for fleecing a man of GUY$3.4 million in exchange for American visas for himself, his wife and three children.
British national, Andrew Wilson and Guyanese Conrad Wright were charged with obtaining money with intent to defraud Hamid Parag between January 11 and 13, 2012 knowing same to be false.
They were also accused of assaulting Parag after they bundled him out of a speeding car as police approached them during a sting operation.
City Magistrate, Judy Latchman granted Wright bail in the sum of GUY$2million for the fraud and GUY$60,000 for assault. Wilson was refused bail because the police prosecution noted that he travels frequently.
The duo are to return to court on January 25.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Lionel Harvey told the court that Wright contacted Parag and introduced Wilson as a Consular Officer at the US embassy.
Parag was allegedly asked to pay GUY$1.7 million to process visa applications and he handed over the passports . The men allegedly contacted Parag again and said he had to pay more to continue the application process at which time he paid another GUY$1.7 million.
When they contacted Parag a third time, Harvey said the man realized that he was being conned. He subsequently reported the matter to the police and arranged a sting operation.
As the police approached the car with Parag and the two men, the car sped off. As they were being pursued by the police, they allegedly pushed Parag out of the car while it was moving.