Accused conman remanded on $5.7M fraud charge

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A 38-year-old McDoom, East Bank Demerara resident was on Tuesday remanded on three fraud related charges totalling over $5.7M.

Rudolph Braithwaite appeared before Senior Magistrate Faith McGusty and pleaded not guilty to the three charges.

Particulars of the first charge alleged that between April 27, 2018, and June 7, 2018, at Imbaimadai Landing, Mazaruni River with intent to defraud, he obtained a quantity of mining equipment and foodstuff valued $313,000 property of Davika Persaud by falsely pretending that the items were bought on the account of his employer, Rutherford Holding Inc.

The second charge alleged that between January 1, 2018, and February 28, 2018, at Imbaimadai Landing, with intent to defraud, he obtained a quantity of food and fuel valued $580,000 property of Grant Ali, by falsely pretending that the times were bought on the account of his employer, Rutherford Holding Inc.

Lastly, the court heard that between December 1, 2017, and July 9, 2018, at Imbaimadai Landing, he stole 19 ounces of raw gold valued $4.9M taken from the account of his employer Neville Rutherford.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Stephen Telford opposed to Braithwaite being released on bail on the grounds that he is in the habit of swindling monies from persons.

Telford told the court that Braithwaite was at his new employer –  China Railway in the interior region.

He was remanded to prison until March 19, 2019. The matter is transferred to the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court.

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