Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 15th 2014 Contents Vishnu Ramlochan, of San Juan, is on the
brink of losing his home and it s all because
he has not been paid by the T&T Defence
Force for goods he supplied to them.
Ramlochan told Crimewatch host Ian
Alleyne this week that in the period 2006-
2007, he supplied the Coast Guard with a
range of food items ranging from vegetables
to sea food, including jumbo shrimp and blue
crab, and canned goods. Over the period the
bill grew to $5 million.
But for Vishnu his troubles were just begin-
He has a folder bulging with invoices and
receipts signed by officers who took the goods,
but he told Alleyne all efforts to get payment
have been unsuccessful.
Ramlochan says he is desperate to recover
the outstanding money and has even written
to the Prime Minister. He produced the letter
which he sent to the Office of the Prime
Minister, but said he never got a response.
He said he is now desperate for the Defence
Force to settle the million dollar bill, since
he only recently got a letter from the bank
telling him that his house would be seized
if he did not settle an outstanding loan.
An angry Alleyne said he found it impos-
sible to understand just how a state agency
could have failed to pay a bill which is so
long overdue, saying "That real hard, the
man losing his house, imagine you losing a
house and everything because a government
with a budget of billions fail to pay even
though you deliver what they wanted."
But Alleyne promised Vishnu, "I will make
sure you get the money owed to you."
A quick call to Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan and help was finally the way for
Vishnu. The AG told Alleyne, "I would be
happy to meet him and listen to what he has
to say. If he provided services I will look at
his documents, make inquiries and see what
the facts are."
The AG, who was in his office at around
6.30 pm, asked Ramlochan to come and see
Ramlochan said he felt relieved that finally
help was on the way. He said he had gone
to every official connected to the Defence
Force in an effort to get payment but to no
avail. Satisfied that things were looking
brighter, Ramlochan thanked Alleyne, saying,
"Mr. Alleyne, at the end of the day, you are
the sheriff and you get the job done."
Also seeking help from Crimewatch on
another matter was Diane Bisnath.
The woman, who now lives in Brooklyn,
New York, told Alleyne that she paid con-
tractor Vishnu Seenath, AKA Fingers, of Gol-
conda, US$42,000 to build a house for her
in February 2011. She said nothing was ever
done and she subsequently asked Seenath to
return her money. She said he repaid
US$22,000 but still owes her US$20,000.
Appearing on Crimewatch alongside Bis-
nath, the contractor admitted to collecting
the US$42,000, the equivalent of a quarter
million TT dollars. He at first claimed that
some of the money was used to construct a
200-foot wall on the property at Lalbeharry
Trace, Debe, but Bisnath s husband, Narsingh,
quickly dismissed him, saying, "You lie, I
build that wall and pay for the material for
it."Seenath then alleged that Bisnath had asked
him to give money to her sister and to a bank
manager in Chaguanas. But Bisnath quickly
chimed in, "Show me the receipts. You lying."
Seenath insisted that he paid $12,000 to
her sister and exchanged US$10,000 at a
bank in Chaguanas. This further angered Bis-
nath, who called Seenath a liar. With things
getting heated Alleyne sought to cool flaring
tempers, telling Seenath, "Mister, look you
took the lady money she want it back, give
Alleyne told Seenath he needed to be hon-
est, telling him, "If you took the lady money
and use it tell her. But at the end of the day
,bet your bottom dollar you have to pay her
Seenath grudgingly agreed to repay the
money, but could not say how soon.
Alleyne has advised Bisnath and her hus-
band to report the matter to the Fraud Squad.
Alleyne wants to know why the Govern-
ment is building a walkover at the Divali
Nagar site in Chaguanas and not at Sea Lots
as promised. He said he saw the work going
on there and stopped and asked the workers,
who seemed hesitant to give him any infor-
mation. But he was able to glean that a
walkover is being built. He has warned the
Government that they risk raising the anger
of the people, asking them to hold their hand
on the Divali Nagar walkover until they meet
their commitment to Sea Lots.
Gangadeen Ramdhanie has been trying for
a year now to get back $72,000 which he
paid to contractor Rakesh Jairam.
Days after he appeared on Crimewatch the
man reported to Alleyne that he has recovered
all the money owed to him by Jairam.
The elderly man thanked Alleyne, telling
him "That is performance. You are really the
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Businessman seeks payment
TALKING IT OUT: Narsingh Bisnath, Diane Bisnath, Vishnu Seenath and Cynthie Seenath chat
with Ian Alleyne on the Crimewatch set on Thursday. The Bisnaths claim they paid Vishnu
Seenath US$42,000 to build a house but he never did. They asked him to return the money but
only got back lesss than half of it.
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