Thursday 23 November, 2017

T&T national extradited to the US on fraud charges

A T&T national has been extradited to the United States on multiple charges of fraud.

Daveanan Sookdeo, who is also a citizen of Canada and resident of the U.S. was extradited (by consent) to the United States around 12.30 am yesterday.

Sookdeo was handed over to U.S. Marshalls by members of the Interpol Bureau led by Sergeant Herman Narace, with assistance from the OCNFB and the CID Task Force.

He fled to Trinidad after allegedly committing multiple counts of fraud in the U.S. and Canada between 2006 and 2010.

Sookdeo faces up to 20 years imprisonment in relation to the following offences: one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit theft of government funds, which is punishable with a maximum term of five years imprisonment; one count of false claims to the United States, which is punishable with a maximum term of five years imprisonment;  and one count of interstate and foreign transportation of money taken by fraud, which is punishable with a maximum term of ten years imprisonment.

The extradition process commenced with the signing of the Authority to Proceed by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi on July 28.

Sookdeo was arrested by Interpol officers three days later in Debe, South Trinidad and brought before Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle sitting in the Port of Spain Eighth Magistrate Court on August 2.

Attorney Netram Kowlessar and Acting Head of the Central Authority Unit Graeme Mc Clean, appeared in Court on behalf of the United States.