Craig businessman jailed after pleading guilty to fraud charges

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Businessman Gopaul Onkar Tiwari, of Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was on Tuesday jailed for 18 months by Magistrate Judy Latchman when he reappeared in court on charges of fraudulent conversion, false pretence, and conspiracy to commit a felony.
The 48-year-old Tiwari decided to change his not-guilty pleas to guilty for three of the charges. The first charge stated that on May 28, 2015, at Georgetown, being solely entrusted by Ghardarie Sewnarine with the sum of $10.4 million to pay the Deeds Registry, he fraudulently converted the sum to his own use and benefit.
The second charge alleged that on the same day, at Georgetown with intent to defraud, he uttered to Sewnarine a false transport. While the third charge alleged that Tiwari conspired with persons known and unknown to forge a transport purporting to show same was issued by the Guyana Deeds Registry.
The 18-month sentence for each of these charges will run concurrently.

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