Rice Board probe … Six charged for fraud.

May 19, 2017 Source


After months of intense investigation, the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has charged six persons in connection with allegation of malfeasance at the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB).
The six officials to be brought before the court today are People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Members of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall and Dharamkumar SeerajBadrie Persaud, former Managing Director of the Guyana Oil Company; Jagnarine Singh, former General Manager of GRDB;  Madanlall Ramraj, former Deputy General Manager of GRDB; and Prema Roopnarine, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Finance, at the Ministry of Agriculture.
According to officials at SOCU the six officials will be charged with failing to make a proper entry into a register of a company.
The Rice Board is the same organization that Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma had said had the most clear instances of skullduggery and that it will be easy for the police to build cases against suspected offenders.
GRDB is the authority charged with overseeing the rice industry throughout the country. Upon entering Government in May 2015, the David Granger-led administration immediately ordered a number of forensic audits to determine the health of the state agencies.
Among them were GRDB, the Guyana Energy Agency and the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL). Billions of dollars passed through these entities’ accounts.
Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, had disclosed that in all the cases, there were issues in these audits that warranted further investigations into “financial irregularities”.
With regards to the GRDB report, Trotman noted that over a three to four-year period, more than US$500M from the PetroCaribe proceeds (Venezuela rice-for-oil deal) would have passed through the accounts of the entity.
Among some of the “anomalies” found were loans without proper paperwork or promissory notes.
There were other instances of persons in the agency using GRDB money to trade in foreign currency.
The losses for the Government would have been significant, especially if the money was traded for less than it should have been.
The Auditor General and the forensic audit reports have all pointed to severe deficiencies in the manner the monies of the state have been handled by the entities.
When contacted, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said that the charges are politically driven. Nandlall said that the only thing he was surprised about is that the charges came so late.
He said from the looks of things and how the government is operating the entire opposition may be charged for something or the other.
The Special Organised Crime Unit had made its intentions clear some time back when it indicated that charges will be laid against a number of officials.
Kaieteur News has learnt that SOCU also wants to speak to a former accountant of the GRDB who is now residing in Canada. It is believed that the man is reluctant to return since he is allegedly fearful for his life.

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Ex-GRDB members arrested by SOCU

-to face charges today.

http://www.stabroeknews.com/20...mbers-arrested-socu/

Six former members of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) were held for questioning by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) yesterday afternoon for allegedly omitting to record a “particular inflow of money” and they are expected to face charges today.

According to PPP/C attorney Anil Nandlall, Jagnarine Singh, who was once the GRDB General Manager, PPP/C MP Dharamkumar Seeraj, Ricky Ramraj, Prema Roopnarine, Badrie Persaud and PPP/C MP Nigel Dharamlall were all taken into SOCU’s headquarters on Camp Road for questioning.

After about two hours in the facility, the group was escorted by SOCU officers to Police Headquarters at Eve Leary, where they were fingerprinted and then to the Brickdam Police Station, where they were placed on bail.

After the questioning was completed, none of the six opted to make a comment to the media.

According to Nandlall, who is set to represent some of the six, they are all expected to be charged at the Georgetown Magis-trates’ Courts today.

“They are being charged jointly for failing to make a proper entry into a register of a company or body corporate,” he said.

“I had a look at the charge and, in my humble view, it is absolute harassment; it is frivolous, it is vexatious, it concerns the failure to make certain entries in relation to monies received through a foreign funded project and there is no evidence that this money was missing,” Nandlall added, while refuting the claims that the money was not spent for the intended purpose.

Nigel Dharamlall (at bottom of the stairs) along with some of the others who were questioned leaving the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) headquarters yesterday afternoon.

“The international lending agency would’ve only released monies having been satisfied that the account process and procedures would’ve been complied with and that is because it is a revolving fund and you would get replenishment from that fund at periodic intervals and before you draw on every replenishment you have to satisfy to the international lending agency that your accounting systems are in place and that has been done and the project has been successfully completed,” he explained.

When asked to identify the project, Nandlall said he could not say at the moment.  It is likely the PetroCaribe fund established with Venezuela.

Nandlall added that he was surprised at the specifics of the charge and had expected that it would’ve been along the lines of fraud. “If you subject this kind of scrutiny that they are subjecting these people to, to any department either in the public or private sector, you would have thousands of charges being generated,” he said.

Nandlall charged that the investigation is a waste of tax-payers money, since the matter will be taken to court, take several months and “will never yield in a conviction.” “…A properly advised person charged in these circumstances would be advised to sue the state because this is nothing short of malicious conviction and public harassment of people who are professional people,” he added.

PPP/C MPs Priya Manickchand and Juan Edghill were also present at the SOCU headquarters yesterday.

caribny posted:

Already told you that Jagdeo is busy teaching Harmon and others of the fine art of massive theft.  So why would they arrest him.  They started broke 2 years ago and are determined to be quite rich by 2020.

In other words you got nothing and are just flapping your gums, throwing shyte hoping that some will stick. I would advise you to come forward with the evidence and jail Jagdeo if he stole state funds. The PNC had their best and brightest investigate Jagdeo and the PPP for 2 years and have surfaced nothing untoward, siphoning off billions from the treasure to pay the fat cats in SARU. Much more than the entire PPP were supposed to have stolen. Maybe they should hire you so you can show them the evidence. 

Bibi Haniffa posted:

Django -they were not charged with fraud.  They were charged with Fraudulent Omission for something the PNC is alleging happened in 2011.  This is public harassment and maliciousness.

They will be charged today,let us wait and see what the charges are.

Nope,dig deeper you will find out them bannas was doing all kind of stuff with funds,thinking it was from their personal bank account.

Bibi Haniffa posted:

Django -they were not charged with fraud.  They were charged with Fraudulent Omission for something the PNC is alleging happened in 2011.  This is public harassment and maliciousness.

Bibi, the country is going down the drain. The AFC/PNC scumbags are now harassing Indo Guyanese. An official racist policy is now in full swing. 

yuji22 posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

Django -they were not charged with fraud.  They were charged with Fraudulent Omission for something the PNC is alleging happened in 2011.  This is public harassment and maliciousness.

Bibi, the country is going down the drain. The AFC/PNC scumbags are now harassing Indo Guyanese. An official racist policy is now in full swing. 

Harassing of Indo Guyanese is red herring,

let them prove their innocence in court.

These charges are a smoke screen to distract from the failed economy and failed campaign promises. The entire AFC/APNU will stop at nothing to deflect from their failures as an installed coalition. It's all about silencing their critics with fabricated charges. 

They have been in govt for two years and only now they realize there had been a failed entry from the GRB books since 2011?

Django posted:
yuji22 posted:

Yes PNC donkey boy, the new blackman policy is to harass Indos.

The racist blackman motto to Indos in Guyana :

"Guilty Until Proven Innocent." 

What can one expect from a Indo-centric Racist.

usual bilge.

I will speak out against the racist blackman policy until my very last breath. The stench of PNC racism towards Indos Guyanese is now at an unacceptable level. 

Django posted:

Oye Drugb,

who flapping their gums bhai,what you have to say about the arrest ??

your source didn't inform the arrest was coming.

Ow man, is just charges, they will get their day in court and we will see that once again if socu is mamagaizing. Seems like a fishy charge, failure to make an entry. Doesn't translate to fraud as there is no mention of a money trail to their bank accounts. 

Bibi Haniffa posted:

Django -they were not charged with fraud.  They were charged with Fraudulent Omission for something the PNC is alleging happened in 2011.  This is public harassment and maliciousness.

They failed to make entries for monies being received. That means that the money ended up in someone's pocket.

Drugb posted:
Django posted:

Oye Drugb,

who flapping their gums bhai,what you have to say about the arrest ??

your source didn't inform the arrest was coming.

Ow man, is just charges, they will get their day in court and we will see that once again if socu is mamagaizing. Seems like a fishy charge, failure to make an entry. Doesn't translate to fraud as there is no mention of a money trail to their bank accounts. 

Django slop can goes slop, slop. 

yuji22 posted:
Django posted:
yuji22 posted:

Yes PNC donkey boy, the new blackman policy is to harass Indos.

The racist blackman motto to Indos in Guyana :

"Guilty Until Proven Innocent." 

What can one expect from a Indo-centric Racist.

usual bilge.

I will speak out against the racist blackman policy until my very last breath. The stench of PNC racism towards Indos Guyanese is now at an unacceptable level. 

It's your right,

All you are seeing in the homeland is Indian vs African and thinks only the Africans are racist and Indians have higher morals and are not racist,it's a pity you are blinded by your Indo-centrist racism,although part of your education was from an African Educator,it seems you haven't learn any thing.

yuji22 posted:

Indos are very tolerant. Do you ever read your history books ?

Read about what some Afro Governments did to Indos in their countries. Please read up. I do not even want to go there. Please.

You are blinded by hate of Africans,every one makes mistakes,you prefer to pick and choose events to back your racist argument.

Mars posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

Django -they were not charged with fraud.  They were charged with Fraudulent Omission for something the PNC is alleging happened in 2011.  This is public harassment and maliciousness.

They failed to make entries for monies being received. That means that the money ended up in someone's pocket.

As Cain would say wattax!!! Poor Bibi, recording a journal entry is a foreign concept to Bibi. 

Django posted:
yuji22 posted:

Indos are very tolerant. Do you ever read your history books ?

Read about what some Afro Governments did to Indos in their countries. Please read up. I do not even want to go there. Please.

You are blinded by hate of Africans,every one makes mistakes,you prefer to pick and choose events to back your racist argument.

This guy is consumed by racism.   Sad state of affairs.

FC posted:
Django posted:
yuji22 posted:

Indos are very tolerant. Do you ever read your history books ?

Read about what some Afro Governments did to Indos in their countries. Please read up. I do not even want to go there. Please.

You are blinded by hate of Africans,every one makes mistakes,you prefer to pick and choose events to back your racist argument.

This guy is consumed by racism.   Sad state of affairs.

Yuji is NEVER afraid to point out BLATANT PNC racism.

Whaaaaa Whaaaaaa...we got the blues...Whaaa..porters doan tief. Is only black people do dat...Whaaa.

As expected the big mouths now wailing after all their yapping about the govt being all talk and no action. I also agree with what NadaLanda said about charging the whole of the opposition, well they encouraged the shyte that went on so they should be charged. Give these people their day in court and as BJ said "let the chips fall where they may."

I don't believe any of us want to support any thiefman. If the PNC find these folks stealing then they should be jailed. What we are concerned about is that they are posturing for political gain. They promised the PNc support base Indians head on a stick. Now they failed to deliver after 2 years with the economy in free fall. Let the chips fall where they may. 

FC posted:
Nehru posted:

And there are people in this world who were born to kiss ASS and wipe Batty!!!!!!!!!!

U talking about yourself again.

A  CERTIFIED  ASS KISSER LIKE YOU CANNOT HIDE. PARASITES ARE MORE WELCOME AND RESPECTED THAT FILTH LIKE YOU.

yuji22 posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

Why is the GRB board being charged for an alleged book keeping error?

Because the PNC is on an Indo witch hunt.

The GRB books has been PNC property for two years now, how do we know that the entry wasn't removed sometime over the past two years to fabricate charges against the Board? 

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