Convicted fraudster who received presidential pardon back in court again, released on bail

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A 47-year-old woman who was pardoned by former Head of State David Granger from serving a jail sentence has found herself on the wrong side of the law again. Khemawattie Ramnauth of 51 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara was arraigned before Magistrate Dylon Bess on fraud and forgery charges.

It is alleged that between February 20, 2020, and August 24, 2020, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Ramnauth obtained $6,500,000 from Brian Perriera by falsely pretending to him that her name is Latchmin Shiwmabgal, the owner of property situated at Block XXX Zone East Bank Demerara parcel 1107, part of South Ruimveldt, Greater Georgetown and she was in the position to sell it, knowing same to be false.

It is further alleged that between February 20, 2020, and October 5, 2021, at Georgetown with intent to defraud, she forged one United States of America passport # 454099867 in the name of Shirley Shiwmangal with a picture bearing her likeness, purporting to show that same was issued by the United States Department of State, knowing same to be forged.

Ramnauth denied both charges and was released on bail totalling $3 million. 

The Police prosecutor told the court that Perriera went to the Police Station and lodged a report against Ramnauth whom he paid $6,500,000 for the property and later discovered that she was not the rightful owner of the property. As such, investigations were launched which led to Ramnauth’s arrest. 

When she was apprehended, Police ranks found the forged American passport in her possession. Back in February 2017, Ramnauth was among nine female prisoners pardoned from serving the rest of their prison sentence by former President David Granger in observance of the country’s 47th Republic anniversary.

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