Nizam Hassan, co-accused freed of fraud charges

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Due to lack of evidence, Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan on Friday dismissed the case against Former General Manager (GM) of the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC), Nizam Hassan and the wife of an engineer attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo.

Hassan and De’Souza-Madramootoo were charged with intent to defraud together with three others by continuously approving payments for substandard and faulty works during the rehabilitation of the Guyana Marketing Corporation building at Robb and Alexander Streets, Georgetown.

Thus far, a total of 34 witnesses were called to by the prosecution to support the allegations of fraud against the duo, but none were able to provide evidence to support the prosecution’s allegation.

Former General Manager of the GRDB, Nizam Hassan

On November 7, 2017, the plethora of forensic audits that had been ordered by Head of State, President David Granger, had claimed Hassan as its first victim.

The Former General Manager of the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) and his co-accused Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo were slapped with what has been described as a ‘multi-million-dollar’ fraud.

Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo

De’Souza-Madramootoo’s husband Hanniel Madramootoo – who is a project engineer within the Agriculture Ministry-, his brother Philip Madramootoo and friend Nizam Ramkisson –  both Directors of Constantine Engineering and Construction Limited of Trinidad and Tobago – were also jointly charged.

However, only Hassan and De’Souza-Madramootoo appeared in court at the time and arrest warrants had been issued for the others- who were said to be in Trinidad and Tobago.

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