Pyramid scheme mastermind slapped with fraud charges
Keziah Jeuel Roberts, the Bel Air woman who is accused of allegedly operating a pyramid scheme, was on Friday slapped with four counts of fraud.
Roberts appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where three of the indictable charges were read to her.
Police stated that on January 5, 2021, at Georgetown, with the intent to defraud, she obtained $80,000 from Lyn Melville by falsely pretending that she was in the position to invest the said money and deliver same in the sum of $360,000 within 21 days.
It was further alleged that on January 8, 2021, at Georgetown, she obtained $80,000 from Devika Hiralal, promising to convert and return same in the sum of $360,000. The third charge stated that on the same date, she collected $80,000 from Melissa Rupai.
Roberts’ attorney in an application for bail told the court that her client is currently observing Ramadan and as such, bail in a reasonable sum would be appreciated. The attorney furthered that the defendant had turned herself in when Police had issued a warrant for her arrest and has no problem complying with conditional bail.
Following the bail application, Roberts was released on $50,000 bail for each charge. Her final matter, due to its nature, was transferred for hearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
The charge stated that on January 9, at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara, she obtained the sum of $40,000 from Saskia, pretending $120,000 would be delivered within 21 days.
Roberts was granted $30,000 bail on the latter charge. Meanwhile, she was ordered to lodge her passport and to report to the Special Organised Crime Unit until the conclusion of the matter.
The matter was adjourned to May 21
On April 13, Police had issued a wanted bulletin for Roberts for questioning in relation to obtaining monies from several Guyanese while allegedly operating a pyramid scheme. Police stated that Roberts would have collected the money between September 2020 and February 2021.