A former member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), who allegedly granted himself over $500,000 in travel allowances, was this morning slapped with nine fraud related charges.

Tamesh Dhanraj, 35, of Essequibo, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The charges against him stated that between July 4, 2017 to May 4, 2018, at Anna Regina Police Station, with the intent to defraud, he obtained the sum of $498,000 from the Guyana Police Force, by falsely pretending that he was entitled to travel allowance to conduct official duties for the Guyana Police Force.

The man’s lawyer, Latchmie Rahamat in a successful bail application, told the court that her client resigned from the GPF last September. She added that her client submitted a written statement denying the allegation. However, the court prosecutor told the court that Dhanraj who was the financial officer at Anna Regina was dismissed from the GPF in January after an audit was conducted last year.

The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the defendant, citing that while he was being investigated he left the country for the USA. On his arrival back to Guyana, he was arrested and subsequently charged for the offence.

The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, released Dhanraj on $225,000 bail. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on March 13,2019 at the Anna Regina Magistrates’ Courts.


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