Man who pretended to be Doctor charged

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A 43-year-old man appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday, charged with attempting to commit a felony after he pretended to be a Doctor to solicit money from a businessman to undergo an open heart surgery.

Prem Chand guilty to the charge and was fined $100,000 or spend six months in prison.

It is alleged that on October 4, 2018, at Eccles, East Bank Demerara Chand claimed to be renowned Cardiologist, Dr. Mahendra Carpen to collect $100,000 from Frank Sanichara, a businessman.

Police Prosecutor, Quinn Harris told the court that Chand telephoned the businessman, claimed that he was Dr Carpen and that he needed money for a patient to undergo an open heart surgery.

The Prosecutor said that Harris explained that Sanichara realised it was a scam and contacted the real Dr Carpen.

Chan subsequently arrived at Sanichara’s business place in Eccles to collect the money when he was arrested by the police.

In court, Chand explained that he suffers from a heart condition and is also a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

He told the Magistrate that he was frustrated hence he committed the fraudulent act.

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