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Promise Healthcare and 11 of its hospitals have sued Sonny Ramdeo, PayServ Tax and Ez-Jet for a US$5.4M embezzlement.

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From page 38 Secondary will receive the CSEC School of the Year award for 2012. THURSDAY EDITION CADET OFFICER FLEES SCENEAFTER KNOCKING DOWN US SENIOR CITIZEN An American-based Guyanese senior citizen is demanding an apology from a Police Officer Cadet, who struck her down with his car and drove away. The accident occurred on the Anna Catherina Public Road, West Coast Demerara, around 19:00hrs on Monday, resulting in injury to 64-year old Bibi Hashna Khan. Khan, who is currently recuperating at home after spending a night at a private

hospital, told this newspaper that she is angry at the fact that a policeman of that rank could have struck her down and driven away without rendering some assistance to her. She recalled that she was riding a motorcycle from Tuschen heading to Vreeden-Hoop when the Officer Cadet who drove out from a cross street at Anna Catherina, and without looking, slammed his car into her bike. The woman and the damaged motorcycle were hurled to the ground a few yards away. But instead of rendering assistance to the stricken female, the policeman reversed his car and sped away in the direction of Parika. “He reversed and stopped for a few seconds then sped off,” Khan told Kaieteur News. She said that several persons who saw what had happened came to her assistance. Even another policeman in uniform turned up at the scene. But Khan is not pleased with the way he too handled her situation. FRIDAY EZ JET BOSS ACCUSED OF STEALING US$5.4M WEST PALM BEACH (Court House News Service) – A hospital chain claims in court that its payroll manager and his two companies embezzled US$5.4 million from it. Promise Healthcare and 11 of its hospitals sued Sonny Ramdeo, PayServ Tax and Ez-Jet GT, in Palm Beach County Court. It claims it hired Ramdeo eight years ago to manage payroll for its 3,500 employees in its hospitals nationwide. Promise accuses, “Sonny Ramdeo, and his companies (of) stealing over five million dollars from Promise through a sophisticated scheme of fraud and deception. Specifically, Ramdeo incorporated a company called ‘PayServ Tax Inc.’ and deceived Promise’s senior management into believing that PayServ was a legitimate payroll tax processing company affiliated with the nationally known payroll processing company, Ceridian. “Based on this lie, he deceived Promise into transferring millions of dollars to PayServ Tax Inc. and diverted over five million dollars of Promise’s money to himself and his companies,” the complaint states. Ceridian is not a party to the complaint. “Around October 2010, Ramdeo incorporated PayServ,” the complaint states. “Thereafter, through a sophisticated fraud including false representations, fabricated documents and e-mails, and a fictitious website, Ramdeo deceived Promise’s senior management into believing that

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Promise’s payroll taxes were being received, processed, and paid by Ceridian (a global payroll services company that Promise had used for years). AUTOMATIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TOP TWO CSEC AND CAPE PERFORMERS – PRESIDENT RAMOTAR The two top performers at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certification (CSEC) Examination and the two top performers at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) are now eligible for scholarships to attend institutions of higher learning. This offer, which comes compliments of the Guyana Government, was announced Thursday by President Donald Ramotar, as he delivered the feature address at the Ministry of Education’s 16th National Awards Ceremony to honour and duly award top performers of the various 2012 examinations. According to the President, “We are giving more scholarships than ever to students of this country to attend institutions of higher learning in Guyana and abroad. I have instructed our colleagues in the Cabinet to see that the top two students from CSEC and CAPE be given scholarships automatically to study here (Guyana) or overseas.” T he President premised his decision on his recognition of the important role that education plays in the area of national development. He pointed to the fact that Guyana has directed some $30 billion to the social sector of which the education system is a major part even as he added that “investing in our country is investing in our future.” The ceremony, which was staged at the National Cultural Centre, saw top performing candidates of CSEC, CAPE, the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) as well as those from the Cyril Potter College of Education, the Guyana Technical Institute and the Carnegie School of Home Economics being presented with awards. SATURDAY EDITION EZJET SAYS RAMDEO IS NOT SOLE INVESTOR Low-cost carrier, EZjet Airlines, on Friday admitted that there are other investors in the company and vowed to continue flying despite its founder being accused of stealing US$5.4M from a US hospital chain. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sonny Ramdeo, announced Friday that he has stepped down to clear his

name, one day after news broke that he allegedly siphoned off US$5.4M from Promise Healthcare and diverted it to EZjet and his payroll company, ‘PayServ Tax Inc’. Promise Healthcare reportedly said that monies were allegedly embezzled in the last two months, bringing worries over the future of EZjet which is operating charter flights to New York and Canada. On Friday, Rosalinda Rasul, who has been appointed acting CEO in place of Ramdeo, insisted that it is business as usual with no immediate drop in bookings. She denied reports that the chartered aircraft has been seized or moved by the army to another section of the CJIA, in light of the US court proceedings. She also denied that the company owed suppliers and other creditors. Speaking with the media at EZjet’s Brickdam office Friday, Rasul, in responding to the question on who owns EZjet, directed the newspaper to Ramdeo. SHOT CANADIAN IN RICARDO RODRIGUES’ EXECUTION DIES Canadian Jean Le Blanc, who was shot during the execution-style killing of Ricardo Rodrigues on October 15, died Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Le Blanc was being treated for a gunshot injury to the buttocks. A medical source at the hospital had told this publication that the bullet was lodged near to his spine. However from all indications the man was well on the road to recovery. Le Blanc died around 11:00 hours Friday while receiving treatment at the hospital’s High Dependency Unit. Meanwhile, several persons who became familiar with Le Blanc during his period of hospitalization said they were shocked at his sudden death as mere hours before nothing seemed wrong. “Early this (Friday) morning we took stuff upstairs for him like normal because he didn’t have anybody in Guyana so we took water and he drink and was talking like normal. He even tell we that he want go back home, but the police hold on to he documents,” this publication was told. Le Blanc was expected to leave Guyana on Tuesday having been promised the return of his passport by Monday. In an earlier interview, Le Blanc said he was holidaying in Guyana and ‘was in the wrong place at the wrong time’. He had told this publication that he arrived in Guyana on October 13 and was expected to leave three days later.

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