Man posing as GPL worker jailed for fraud

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A man who posed as a worker attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to obtain monies was earlier today (Friday) jailed when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

JAILED FOR FRAUD: Edward Dodridge

Edward Dodridge pleaded guilty with explanations to the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.

That charge alleged that he, between August 9-22 2017 at Canegrove, Mahaica, East Bank Demerara (EBD), fraudulently obtained $157,000.

According to Police Prosecutor Richard Harris, the accused on August 9, visited the home of the Virtual Complainant (VC) at Canegrove posing to be an employee of GPL.

A fake badge with the accused name and photo was shown to the VC. The VC was reportedly told by the defendant that he was there to remove wires from the property based on monies owned to GPL.

However, he instructed the VC that if she would leave something with him; he could have the matter settled.

The VC reportedly gave $30,000 to the accused and on August 22, accompanied by her sister-in-law, visited the GPL’s Main Street branch, where the defendant was contacted and given some $157,000.

The defendant then reportedly escaped. The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station; the accused was later apprehended and charged with the offense.

Immediately after listening to the prosecution’s facts, Magistrate Daly sentenced Dodridge to 12 months in prison much his dismay, as he began pleading for mercy without any avail.

 

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