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Monday 18 December 2017
Crime and Court

Trini fraudster extradited to US

A Trinidadian man who committed various acts of fraud in the United States of America and fled to this nation’s shores has been deported, to face the US courts.

Daveanan Sookdeo, a Trinidad national, Canadian citizen and US resident, was extradited by consent to the United States after being arrested on July 31, at his home in Debe, South Trinidad. The man was arrested by INTERPOL officers, and brought before Acting Chief Magistrate Mrs. Maria Busby Earle-Caddle sitting in the Port of Spain Eighth Magistrate Court on August 2nd 2017.

Attorneys-at-Law Netram Kowlessar and Graeme Mc Clean, acting head of the Central Authority Unit, appeared in court on Sookdeo’s behalf. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi gave authority to proceed with the extradition process on July 28.

Sookdeo will face charges in the US which include conspiracy to defraud the US and commit theft of government funds, making false claims to the United States, and transporting money taken by fraud.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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