Wednesday 25 November, 2020

US extradition for Trini on fraud charges

A T&T national charged with several counts of fraud will be extradited to the United States.

Daveanan Sookdeo is alleged to have committed: one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, which is punishable with a maximum term of five years imprisonment; one count of false claims to the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 287 and 2, which is punishable with a maximum term of five years imprisonment; and one count of Interstate and foreign transportation of money taken by fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2314 and 2, which is punishable with a maximum term of 10 years imprisonment. 

Sookdeo is alleged to have committed these offences between 2006 and 2010 in the United States of America and Canada, before fleeing to Trinidad and Tobago.

The Warrant of Committal, which was presented before Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle by the Central Authority Unit for Sookdeo’s extradition, was signed yesterday by Acting Attorney General Stuart Young.

The Central Authority Unit received a request from the United States for Sookdeo’s extradition, which was signed by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi signed the Authority to Proceed July 28 which triggered the extradition process.

Sookdeo was arrested by Interpol Police Officers July 28 in Debe, South Trinidad and brought before Earle-Caddle August 2.

Attorneys-at-Law Graeme Mc Clean, Head of the Central Authority Unit, together with Netram Kowlessar appeared for the Requesting State the United States of America. Sookdeo consented to being extradited to the United States before the Acting Chief Magistrate, and the matter was adjourned to August 15. 

Attorneys-at-Law Netram Kowlessar and Graeme Mc Clean appeared in Court August 15 for the Requesting State whilst Richard Clarke-Wills appeared for Sookdeo.

Busby Earle-Caddle took evidence from Sookdeo, read the Warrant of Committal (By Consent) to him and committed him to the State Prison pending his removal to the United States of America to face the charges against him.

The AG’s office hailed the signing of the document granting the extradition as another victory for the Attorney General and the Central Authority Unit in the co-ordination of efforts with their international counterparts in the fight against crime.

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