Nursing assistant in pyramid scheme slapped with 15 more charges
Nursing Assistant, Keziah Roberts, the woman accused of allegedly operating a pyramid scheme, was on Friday slapped with 15 additional charges of Obtaining Money by False Pretence by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).
Roberts, of Lot 88 Eping & Ituni Avenue, Bel Air Park, Georgetown and also of Lot 591 Block 22, Wismar, Linden reportedly registered a business under the name ‘Kapital Kare Investment’ with the Registrar of Companies.
She had posted a business flyer on her Facebook page encouraging persons to invest in her business; G$40,000 with an expected return of $180,000 within 21 days of their investment.
Several persons were said to have invested varying sums of monies into her business but never received their capital or returns as promised.
The matter was reported to SOCU and an investigation was launched.
Several persons came forward giving written statements of being defrauded by Roberts. A ‘Wanted Bulletin’ was later issued by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for her arrest and she later surrendered to the police in the company of an attorney.
She appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Friday before Senior Magistrate, Leron Daly, and pleaded not guilty to 13 of the charges and was placed on bail in the sum of $ 350,000.
These matters were adjourned to May 21, 2021, for the filing of statements.
She later appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer the other two charges.
She pleaded not guilty and was placed on $ 110,000 bail. These matters were transferred to the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court for hearing on May 7, 2021.
Roberts was previously charged with four similar offences and was placed on bail. Investigations are continuing.