Fmr. Gold Board Accountant charged with multiple counts of fraud

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Rosanna Ramnarine, a former Accountant attached to the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) was on Wednesday slapped with several charges of manipulating documents in order to scam the entity of millions of dollars.

Ramnarine, 34, of Nandy Park, East Bank Demerara appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore and denied the six charges.

The first charge read that Ramnarine between February 1, 2017, and April 30, 2017, willfully or with intent to defraud made a payment of $336, 287 in the name of Edward Hopkinson on March 21, 2017.

It is alleged that the former Accountant conspired with persons known and unknown to forge the documents which led to the payment.

During the same time, it is alleged that Ramnarine collected $336,207 from Hopkinson and kept it to herself instead of handing it over to the Gold Board.

The other set of charges alleged that Ramnarine between April 30, 2017, and June 30, 2017, falsified a document belonging to Bryan Chase purporting to show that $288,583 was received.

It is alleged that she also conspired with persons known and unknown to forge another payment invoice dated May 30, 2017.

The last charge read that during April and June 2017, Ramnarine while being a Clerk, stole $288,583 which should have been handed over to the Gold Board.

Her attorney, Jed Vasconcellos made an application for reasonable bail and told the court that his client is unemployed.

Vasconcellos also noted that the investigation into the matter has been ongoing since last November during which his client was out on $400,000 station bail.

Police Prosecutor, Simone Payne made no objection to bail but requested that Ramnarine report to the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) every Friday.

The Magistrate released Ramanarine on $50,000 bail for each of the six charges. The matter was adjourned to July 23.

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