Gov’t employees charged in tint permit scam

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Two Data Entry Clerks attached to the Ministry of Public Security, an employee of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and a businessman appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, charged with forgery.

Danish Dyal, 23; Richard Mohan,49, Chatram Persaud, 24; Azal Mohammed, 25, all residents of East Coast Demerara, appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman.

Dyal, Mohan and Persaud were charged separately with conspiring to forge a motor vehicle tint permit, purporting to show that same was issued by the Ministry of Public Security between March 1, 2017, and September 25, 2017.

Chatram Persaud and Danish Dyal

The men denied the charge; Dyal and Persaud were each released on $100,000 bail while Mohan who was granted $150,000 bail. The matter was adjourned to October 5, 2017.

Meanwhile, the businessman Azal Mohammed was charged with uttering a forged tint permit to a police officer. It is alleged that on September 25, 2017, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Mohammed uttered to Police Constable, Jamal George, a forged motor vehicle tint permit.

He denied the charge and was released on $100,000 bail. His matter was adjourned to October 5, 2017.

According to reports, Mohammed was approached by Mohan, who is a Data Entry Clerk at the Ministry of Public Security and was told that he [Mohan] was in a position to get him a tint permit for $70,000.

Mohammed allegedly gave the money to Mohan. Meanwhile, the other Data Entry Clerk, Dyal reportedly collected the money and gave it to Persaud, a GRA employee.

Mohammed was then given a forged tint permit and on September 25, 2017, he was pulled over by a police officer for the tint on his vehicle. When Mohammed gave his tint permit to the officer, it was discovered that the document was forged.

He was arrested and while in custody, assisted the police in apprehending the others. The police are currently conducting a deeper investigation at the Ministry of Public Security in relation to the incident.

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