Daveanan Sookdeo is also a citizen of Canada and resident of the United States.
Sookdeo was handed over to United States Marshals by members of the Interpol Bureau led by Sergeant Herman Narace, with assistance from the OCNFB and the CID Task Force.
Sookdeo fled to Trinidad after allegedly committing multiple counts of fraud in the US and Canada between 2006 and 2010.
Sookdeo faces up to 20 years imprisonment in relation to the following offences: one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit theft of government funds, which is punishable with a maximum term of five years imprisonment; one count of false claims to the United States, which is punishable with a maximum term of five years imprisonment; and one count of interstate and foreign transportation of money taken by fraud, which is punishable with a maximum term of ten years imprisonment.
Sookdeo was arrested by Interpol officers in Debe on July 31, and brought before Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle at the Port of Spain Eighth Magistrates’ Court on August 2.
Attorney Netram Kowlessar and Acting Head of the Central Authority Unit, Graeme Mc Clean, appeared in court on behalf of the United States Government.