A known Trinidadian conman who has been residing in Guyana since 2014 was last night apprehended by law enforcement at the Eugene F Correia International Airport (Ogle Airport).
The man whose real name is Daniel Ali, but is known by two other aliases, Seelall Madaya and Richard Khan, is also wanted in his native Trinidad for a number of scams.
According to police officials, Ali had fleeced a number of unsuspecting Guyanese out of hundreds of thousands of dollars through the scams he orchestrated.
More recently police sources say the conman had allegedly paid $400,000 to obtain a Guyanese Passport, Identification Card, birth certificate, driver’s license and a taxpayer identification number (TIN).
A source close to the investigation told Guyana Daily News that Ali, who is described as a smooth talker, arrived in Guyana sometime in 2014 and stayed with his lover Steven Baboolall at lot 57 Roraima Housing Scheme on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD) where he purportedly told neighbours that he was a chef for a reputable restaurant.
He hurriedly left after a resident, who resided at the same address, committed suicide.
The source said Ali and Baboolall reportedly packed and left the location before law enforcement arrived.
According to the source, the duo then moved Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) and was also known to residents in the area as a caterer.
The police source said that it was at that location Ali and Baboolall began renting several vehicles and sold them to unsuspecting buyers. After police became aware of the scam, a man hunt was launched for the duo.
Ali reportedly made good his escape then but Baboolall was arrested by ranks and later released on bail.
Guyana Daily News understands that the conman’s trail of deception didn’t end there. He later went on to fleece a number of unsuspecting citizens of a substantial amount of cash.
According to reports, on one occasion he even pretended to be the son of a well know Minister in Trinidad and claimed he could provide accommodation for the unsuspecting victim in Trinidad and Tobago.
Police sources say Ali is currently in custody assisting with investigations and is expected to be charged soon.