Tag Archives: Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU)

Guyana Politics: Irfaan Ali’s candidacy is not diminished by fraud charges – says Jagdeo

PPP Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali

During a press conference, yesterday, Jagdeo said that Ali is still a good candidate because the voters know that the charges brought before him were fueled by ulterior motives.

“People know,” Jagdeo said. “People understand that these are politically motivated; done by an agency that is corrupt.”      Continue reading

Former PPP Minister Irfaan Ali arrested re Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme

Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme… Irfaan Ali arrested, charged with fraudulent disposal of State lands

Kaieteur News – 30 November 2018. -By Tiana Cole 

Photo: Former Minister of Housing, Mohamed Irfaan Ali

Following his early morning arrest by ranks attached to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), 38-year-old former Minister of Housing, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, of Lot 38 Saray, Leonora, West Coast Demerara, was hauled before the court where he was slapped with 19 fraud charges.

The former minister is accused of defrauding Government of over $174 M, by selling several plots of State lands, below the market value, to former ministers of the then PPP/C government.           Continue reading

SOCU prepares to charge Singh, Brassington for selling Sanata Complex below value

SOCU prepares to charge Singh, Brassington for selling Sanata Complex below value

Kaieteur News – 09 June 2018 –

One month after two of the highest ranking officials of the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government were slapped with charges of Misconduct in Public Office, Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Prosecutors are prepared to institute another charge against Former Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh and former head of National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington.

Yesterday, SOCU Prosecutor Lawrence Harris appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs Marcus with the new charge. However the men were not in court for the matter to be read to them by the Magistrate.     Continue reading

Guyana Rice Board:Former GRDB boss and deputy face 30-plus new fraud charges

Guyana Rice Board:Former GRDB boss and deputy face 30-plus new fraud charges

Two former senior officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) are set to face at least 30 new fraud charges today in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Yesterday, both former General Manager, Jagnarine Singh, and his deputy, Madanlall ‘Ricky’ Ramraj, were at the Camp Road office of the police’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), with their lawyer, Glen Hanoman. Missing is Peter Ramcharran, a former accountant, who is arrested and in custody in Canada, pending extradition. Charges could be read in his absence.

This would be the second case, with SOCU expected to lay more charges in a number of other cases, involving billions of dollars.    Continue reading

US$500M probe at GRDB…GBTI Directors, CEO heading to court

US$500M probe at GRDB…GBTI Directors, CEO heading to court as contempt charges filed 

Investigators have filed contempt charges against the Guyana Bank For Trade and Industry (GBTI) in a major case that will test the country’s capacity to handle financial crimes.

Yesterday (19 October 2017), a number of the bank’s directors were reportedly summoned to the Camp Road headquarters of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), where top lawyers, including Nigel Hughes and Stephen Fraser, were also on the scene.

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Guyana: The police have their work cut out – By Adam Harris

The police have their work cut out

 Jun 19, 2016 – Kaieteur News- Features / Columnists, Adam Harris

Adam Harris

Adam Harris

The jubilee is over, but there were things that lingered. One of them is the focus on the government. In the run-up to the jubilee there was a focus on the things being uncovered by the forensic audits. There were gross irregularities, monumental embarrassments, and a casual display of irresponsibility when it came to public funds.

The wider public read about these things and wondered about the absence of prosecution. Deputy Chef de Mission of the United States embassy, Bryan Hunt, openly said that there should be prosecutions. He posited that if he were to fiddle with state funds and get away with it, then there was nothing to stop his successors from doing the same.   Continue reading