Essequibo man accused of embezzling $2M from employer


Kavindranauth Rambajue, a 27-year-old construction worker appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan Thursday accused of embezzling $2M from his former employer.

Rambajue of Suddie Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast, was on the run from the Police and was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on June 25 while attempting to board a flight to Jamaica.

It is alleged that Rambajue, on August 21, 2018, at Republic Park, East Bank Demerara (EBD), while being employed as a clerk or servant of Amir Samad, he fraudulently embezzled $2M.

Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that Rambajue was employed by Samad for a period of five years.

The court heard that Samad would regularly write cheques in Rambajue’s name and he would take it to the bank and cash it after which he would return and hand over the cash to his employer.

Mansfield told the court that on August 21, 2018, Samad wrote a Republic Bank Limited cheque in the sum of $2M in the name of Rambajue and handed it over to him.

The same day, Rambajue cashed the cheque but never returned to hand over the money.

Samad made a report to the Police and an investigation was launched.

Rambajue, who was unrepresented, told the court that he is innocent and did not steal the money.

“He start scandal my name and say that I rob him,” the accused told the court.

According to Rambajue, his employer did not pay him for months and so he left the job.

Prosecutor Mansfield objected to Rambajue being released on bail on the grounds that he attempted to flee to Jamaica.

The Chief Magistrate remanded Rambajue to prison until July 4, 2019, and the matter is transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court.

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