Policeman faces three charges after swindling woman claiming he could get someone released from prison
Omale Damon, a serving member of the Guyana Police Force, was on Friday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on three counts of corrupt transaction after he was caught swindling money claiming he could get someone released from Police custody.
Damon appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to the three charges which alleged that during the month of March this year he collected almost $500,000 from a woman. The Chief Magistrate remanded Damon to prison until August 23.
According to reports on March 22, Damon collected $200,000 from the victim for the release of someone who is in custody for illegal possession of a firearm. However, after receiving the said funds, Damon requested another $200,000, from the victim and told her that the other officers involved wanted more money.
After paying the money, the victim asked Damon to release the motor car which the person was driving when they were arrested with the firearm. Damon, however, requested another $200,000.
The victim confided in a third party who went to the police station and made a report.
A sting operation was set up with the woman handing over $80,000 to Damon.
Caught in the act, Dmaon was arrested and the money was recovered.