Student threatened by alleged fraudster; classes continue at Nursing School

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By Tracey Khan – Drakes

Members of the Force and some of the students during their recent protest.
Members of the Force and some of the students during their recent protest.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Petrina Thom, the student who is mulling legal action against the owner of the ‘American Health Institute’ Nursing School is alleging that last evening (Thursday, September 25) she received threatening phone calls from the owner of the school.

Thom and scores of other students of the school were allegedly defrauded by the woman who has been at the center of numerous claims of fraud over the years.

Thom this morning contacted iNews and stated that after numerous news stories aired last evening, she received a phone call at around 21:15 hours.

“I got a call from 000 – 0000 [number withheld by iNews], it was a female, the person said to me if I don’t stop being on the media and stop publishing articles about her what she would do, so I said what is it you will do, you can’t do nothing to me, she was like I am going to see that you go to prison and this person Nigel Hughes will see that you go to prison for scandaling wrong propaganda so I said I have rights and I know them, so I said to her I think you should stop calling Mr. Hughes name in it because he has no knowledge of what is going on,” Thom told iNews.

Thom said she is sure that it was the owner of the nursing school, since she made contact with her in the past using the same number.

“She called me from it before and students can confirm, I have phone records showing that she called me several times.”

Thom will be reporting the matter to the police.

Meanwhile, another student from the Robb Street Branch who requested to remain anonymous told iNews that classes continue at the woman’s Robb Street branch. She added that the students confronted the woman; however, she dodged questions and left the building.

The woman remains adamant that Alliance for Change Executive Member Nigel Hughes is the Chairman of the school and even provided documents in this regard.

However, when iNews made contact with Hughes yesterday, he made it clear that he is in no way associated with the school and has only legally represented the woman a few times.

It was last Saturday that the police were called in to investigate the alleged fraud at the Institute on Croal & Light Streets, Georgetown, after some students were told that the certificates given by the woman is not recognized.

The woman who goes by many names including Nanda Kissoon and Nandranie Kissoon, also set up the ‘Inter-American Nursing School’ which was shut down several times by the Ministry of Health by the then Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy.

Back in 2009, Kissoon was arrested following complaints by scores of students to the Brickdam Police Station. She was ordered to refund students in excess of $250,000. She did make some compensation.

 

 

 

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