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Showroom at #41 Carlos Street, Woodbrook
for land fraud
Following the arrest of a San
Fernando attorney on suspi-
cion of land fraud yesterday,
head of the T&T Police Ser-
vice's (TTPS) Fraud Squad is
warning citizens to be vigilant
when buying land.
Snr Supt Totaram Dookie said
land fraud was an emerging trend
Earlier in the day, at around 6
am, Dookie, ASP Ken Ghisyawan,
Sgt Francis, Cpls Tony, Bassarath
and WPC Lazarus went to the at-
torney's office and spent several
hours questioning him before he
was taken to the San Fernando
Police Administration building.
The investigation which led to
his arrest has been ongoing for
the past year.
The attorney was expected to be
taken to the Port-of-Spain Fraud
Squad office yesterday evening.
Dookie said Director of Public
Prosecutions Roger Gaspard will
have to give the go-ahead to lay
charges after reviewing the file.
"One of the emerging trends
in fraud in T&T is that of fraud
associated with real estate and the
purchase of lands---the purchase
of property," he said outside the
San Fernando Police Administra-
"Victims would have reported
to the fraud office that they would
have taken out huge mortgages,
they would have taken their life
time savings and invested it in real
estate and subsequently they lost
"At the fraud office, we are very
concerned with this trend that is
growing in T&T. This investiga-
tion resulted in the arrest of an
attorney at law."
Dookie said he hopes the arrest
will send a message to people who
conduct land transactions to do so
in accordance with the law.
"I hope it will also send a mes-
sage that regardless of your status
in society, if you do not conform
to the rule of law, we at the TTPS
fraud office will be enforcing the
rule of law," he said.
He said one of the irregularities
Fraud Squad investigators see in
land deals gone bad was identity
"For example, they would steal
the owner's name and they will
prepare fraudulent identification,
fraudulent utility bills in the name
of the true owner and they will
represent themselves as the true
owner, so when the transaction is
done, you are paying not the true
owner of the land who holds the
title but the fraudster."
Dookie said for citizens to re-
cover those lost funds, they must
take civil action or initiate crimi-
nal investigations that often result
in punitive sentences.
"My advice to citizens who
intend to purchase land is that
they engage the service of a rep-
utable attorney with experience
in real estate, that they ensure
the necessary checks are made
at the Registrar General's office
to ensure the title is a good title,"
"If the purchase is linked to Ca-
roni lands, we strongly advise the
purchaser to visit Brechin Castle
in Central to verify the authentic-
ity of title for Caroni Lands.
"We also advise persons to visit
the Inland Revenue department
and check the history of who was
paying the land and building tax-
es, so you could get an idea of who
the true owner is."
Man claims he
fled T&T from
in viral video
A social media video of a man claim-
ing to be a police officer and hiding out
in Canada because he fears for his life,
is now engaging the attention of the
head of the Police Complaints Author-
ity (PCA) David West.
In the video, which went viral yesterday,
the man, who identifies himself as Allan
Gillman, said he allegedly received threats
on his life from several police officers, in-
cluding high-ranking officers.
The male voice in the six minute-57 sec-
ond video shows a ransacked room with
documents scattered all over the floor and
The man claims he has been a police of-
ficer for the past 19 years and even shows
what appears to be an authentic police
The man claims because of an incident
(which he did not mention in further de-
tails) he was forced to run for his life to
Canada. He added that there was an order
to execute him and several officers in the
police service were behind it.
According to the man, they include of-
ficers assigned to the North Eastern Task
Force and the High Performance Team, a
unit which operates out of the North East-
The man said he was forced to flee to
Canada on September 22, 2012.
"It took plenty courage to come out now
and make these videos. I don't want to do
it but I consulted with a lawyer in Canada.
This is the state of my bedroom, there are
TTPS documents of events. I don't want
to reveal as it is sensitive and national se-
curity oriented," the male voice was heard
saying in the video.
He added that it was his first video after
four-and-a-half years "of hiding in Canada
from the officers mentioned."
The man claims that he has documented
information on several reports he made to
the PCA on numerous occasions.
"I made complaints against these officers
and that I am fearful for my life since 2009
safety in Canada," he said.
The man called on Minister of National
Security Edmund Dillon and Prime Minis-
ter Dr Keith Rowley to look into the matter
and "have it fixed before he goes public."
"I hope this reach you guys and you un-
derstand the seriousness in my voice," the
When contacted yesterday for comment,
West admitted that he had seen the video
and was looking into it. West, however,
did not want to comment further and did
not confirm or deny whether he will meet
with the officers whose names were called
in the video.
President of the TTPS Social and Wel-
fare Association, Michael Seales, told the
T&T Guardian that some of the officers
who were named had already contacted
him on it.
However, he added that he was yet to
meet with them to discuss it further.
Efforts to reach acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams or Minister Dil-
lon for comment yesterday were unsuc-
cessful, as all calls to their phones went
unanswered. - Rhondor Dowlat
Man's burnt body
found in latrine
Homicide officers yesterday found
the charred remains and piece of a skull
in a latrine (outhouse) at the back of
a dilapidated wooden house at Black
Street, Reform Village, Gasparillo.
The remains are believed to be that of
missing 52-year-old Deoraj Bedassie, who
was last seen on his birthday on March 26.
However, investigating officers have
requested DNA swabs from siblings. This
will be used to match DNA extracted from
the bones found to determine if the remains
are Bedassie. Shortly after 11 am yesterday,
Homicide officers called in a sewer truck
to a neighbour's yard to pump out a latrine
and a nearby cesspit in search of Bedassie's
body. The officers said they were acting on
information they received during their in-
Crime Scene Investigators and other
officials searched the latrine and found
the charred skeletal remains. The officers
also found a huge piece of bone believed to
be a skull. Officers said they believed the
body was burned next to the latrine and the
remains dumped in it. The remains were
found just after 1 pm and were viewed by
the District Medical Officer,bagged and sent
to the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
When news spread that the bones were
found, ear-piercing screams of anguish rang
out from close relatives,including Bedassie's
two sisters -- Doolin and Monica Lochan.
"Why did they have to kill my brother like
that? He never did anything so wrong and
always kept to himself. He didn't deserve to
die like that," Monica said. Monica described
her brother as a joyous but quiet person.
On Monday night, officers of the An-
ti-Kidnapping Squad and Homicide Bureau
(South) detained a 24-year-old Barrackpore
man for questioning.
The missing person's report was only
made at the Gasparillo Police Station on
Sunday, by relatives who noticed blood-
stains all over the walls and pillars in the
verandah of his house. On the night of his
birthday, Bedassie reportedly had a confron-
tation with a 24-year-old man and he was
subsequently badly beaten, neighbours and
relatives who witnessed the incident told
the T&T Guardian.
Bedassie, who was never married and had
no children, was not missed from the area
until Sunday by one of his nieces, who began
to enquire about his whereabouts.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, Bedas-
sie's niece, Shivanie Nickchadee, said she
knew her uncle was badly beaten by a man
well known to them and who lived nearby.
She admitted she did not see him around the
day after his birthday but thought he had
gone to one of his siblings' home to spend
a few days.
On Monday, AKS officers interviewed
neighbours and close relatives. Later that
night, another team of police cordoned off
the area and officers stood guard overnight.
Bedassie is a former Caroni 1975 Limited
worker and had acquired two acres of ag-
ricultural lands and a residential plot. He
recently sold the lands and was receiving
payments in parts.
Preliminary investigations revealed Be-
dassie may have been robbed and beaten.
He reportedly had $29,000 on him the day
he went missing. Investigating officers said
a motive is yet to be established, but believe
the suspect they had in custody will be able
to help them.
A worker from the Princess Town Regional
Corporation washes his tools after draining an
outhouse in search of the body of Deoraj Bedassie at
Black Street, Reform Village, yesterday. PHOTO:
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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