Surinamese Police hunting fraudster pretending to be Guyana’s First Lady


Law enforcement officers in Paramaribo on Monday arrested a man at his home for fraud, embezzlement, and theft of a necklace and bracelet.

According to reports in the Sun online publication, the suspect and a Guyanese woman defrauded several jewellers.

At the end of September, a woman with a Guyanese accent telephoned a jewellery store in Paramaribo Noord pretending to be Guyana’s First Lady, Arya Ali and indicated that she was interested in the jewellery they posted online.

During the telephone conversation, she told the people at the store that she and her brother would visit to have a look at the jewellery.

The suspects reportedly went to the store and retrieved a bracelet and necklace from the window. In an unguarded moment, the man disappeared with the jewellery.

Paramaribo detectives gathered information about the male suspect and officers succeeded in arresting him at his address in Winti Wai.

The suspect admitted wholeheartedly that he stole the jewellery and sold it for SRD 600,000. The necklace weighed 173 grams and the bracelet 125 grams.

The suspect claimed to have sold the jewellery to a jeweller on Ladesmastraat. Work is underway to locate the so-called ‘first lady of Guyana’.