Contrary to local media reports that appear to indicate the sentencing of a Trinidadian family in the United States for fraud as a recent event, the sentencing actually took place over three years ago.
The Trinidad Express Newspaper, radio station i95.5 FM, and looptt, presented the story without an indication the story was an old one, and that it appeared in American Media both in 2011 and 2012.
On January 11th 2012, the New York Daily news reported on the sentencing in detail under the headline “Father, mother and daughter sentenced to combined 418 years in prison for conning Caribbean immigrants out of $1.8 million.”
However, the family was found guilty in November of 2011 of grand larceny and related charges.
The story, written by Thomas Zambito detailed the ruling by Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder as he slammed the Ramsundar family — daughter Shantal, 23, and parents Shane, 52, and Gomatee, 48, — as “the most despicable gang of criminals to ever sit in front of me.”
However, in the report Holder is reported as making what could be construed as calling Trinidad and Tobago uncivilised. “You and I know that if you did this fraud and paraded and strutted around in front of your own people, in your own country, you probably would have all been hacked to death” Holder said. “But not in this country. Now it’s your time to hear your return on your investment for your crime.”
Shane Ramsundar was received a maximum 235-year sentence while his wife received up to 153 years, and daughter 30 years.
The paper says Shane Ramsundar, who moved to Richmond Hill from Trinidad, posed as a federal agent who told fellow immigrants he could get their names off terror watch lists or stall the wheels of deportation with precious green cards and his wife and daughter backed his actions.
Photo courtesy: NY Daily News